Sinag Pilipinas pummels Timor Leste by 105 points

Philippine national men’s basketball team remained unbeaten in three games in the Southeast Asian Games after overwhelming Timor Leste, 126-21, to complete a sweep of Pool A on Friday at the OCBA Arena Hall 1 in Singapore. Prince Rivero scored 24 points – three more than Timor Leste’s entire total while Kevin Ferrer knocked down five three-pointers to finish with 19. Rivero, a sophomore from De La Salle University, shot 12-for-13 from the field and grabbed five rebounds. The Philippines put the result beyond question as early as the opening period, where they outscored their foes, 40-3.

The Filipinos seemed to ease off the gas pedal in the second, slowing the game down to execute some halfcourt sets instead of breaking out into transition. They scored their lowest output of any quarter in the game with just 23 while allowing eight points, though it was still enough to hike their lead to a whopping 52 points at the half. Rivero and Baser Amer both reached double figures by the halfway point of the game. Ferrer then waxed hot from beyond the arc, knocking down three triples in the third quarter as the Gilas cadets pushed the lead up to 83, 99-16, after the third quarter. The Gilas cadets, even while giving naturalized player Marcus Douthit and point guard Jio Jalalon a rest, improved to 3-0 in their group. Timor Leste, making its first appearance in the SEA Games’ men’s basketball tilt, dropped a second straight game. They lost, 135-21, in their debut last Tuesday.

After the match, Baldwin spoke to Timor team captain Joaquim Correja and gave encouraging words “because they love the game just like we do and I have been before when you didn’t have much resources as the Philippines has." The Philippines will take a break on Sunday as it awaits its semifinals opponents on Monday. But resting would be the farthest thing from Baldwin's mind. "The standard is to win the gold medal, the standard is to play very good Filipino basketball," Baldwin said. "That’s our standard, that’s what the fans expect of us. That is what we have been doing for the last 3-1/2 months."

The scores:
Gilas cadets (126) – Rivero 24, Ferrer 19, Belo 15, Amer 14, Ravena 12, Vosotros 12, Torres 11, Rosario 9, Thompson 5, Khobuntin 5.

Timor Leste (21) – Miranda 6, Soares RP 4, Pereira 3, Das Dores 3, Soares Alves 2, Binsasi 2, Da Costa Matins 1, Soares Pinto 0, Correia Belo 0, Da Silva Ribeiro 0, Pinto 0, Piter Guimaraes 0.

Quarterscores: 40-3, 63-11, 99-16, 126-121.
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