Gilas Pilipinas crushes Indonesia for SEA Games title

Indonesia gave the Philippines a better challenge this time around. But just like the 2017 SEABA Championships just last May, Gilas Pilipinas remains as the undisputed king of ASEAN basketball. The Philippines took care of Indonesia Saturday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, 94-55, winning gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. It's the country's 12th straight SEA Games gold medal in men's basketball and 18th overall. Both the Philippines and Indonesia entered the Final undefeated and the Indonesians actually gave Gilas fits in the first 10 minutes. However, guard Mike Tolomia sparked an uprising in the second quarter ad Gilas got some much-needed separation.

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Tolomia fired three triples on his way to 11 points in the first half as the Philippines entered the break with a 45-27 lead. Gilas continued to pound on Indonesia in the second half and come the fourth quarter, the gold medal was sealed after two highlight dunks by teenage sensation Kobe Paras. Tolomia finished with a game-high 20 points off the bench, 15 coming from beyond the arc, while Paras added 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting. Raymar Jose and Christian Standhardinger likewise finished in double figures for the Philippines with 12 and 11 points respectively. Individual records were also set in this rousing victory by Gilas Pilipinas. Kiefer Ravena won a record fourth SEA Games gold medal. Perhaps his final shot in the biennial meet was a booming stepback triple that gave the Philippines its biggest lead and final tally, 94-55. Ray Parks and Kevin Ferrer won their third gold medals, tying Rommel Adducul for second most. Diftha Pratama and Sandy Kurniawan carried the fight for Indonesia, winners of back-to-back silver medals, with 10 points each.

The scores:

Philippines (94) - Tolomia 20, Paras 14, Jose 12, Standhardinger 11, Rosario 8, Ravena 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Pessumal 5, Amer 4, Parks, Jr. 2, Vosotros 0.

Indonesia (55) - Pratama 10, Kurniawan 10, Wisnu 6, Enguio 5, Sitepu 4, Dhyaksa 4, Nugroho 4, Kosasih 4, Wuysang 2, Grahita 2, Sitorus 2, Lakudu 2.
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