The Philippine basketball team successfully delivered the gold medal in the men’s event and the silver medal in the women’s event at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Zeya-thiri Stadium in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Sinag Pilipinas, the men’s national basketball team, completed a sweep of the competition after downing Malaysia, 84-56, and Myanmar to cap their gold medal run in the prestigious biennial meet in the regoin.
The Filipinos had already clinched the gold after a Malaysia loss to Thailand the previous day, but came out with a strong effort in this one to notch their sixth win in as many games.
Bobby Ray Parks scored 18 points to lead the dominant Philippine squad, which won their games by an average of 38 points.
The Filipinos led by nine points, 43-34, at the halftime break but really put the hammer down in the second half.
The Malaysians got as close as six points in the third before Parks scored 14 points in a 21-7 run for the Filipinos to make it a 20-points lead, 66-46.
They then provided some stingy defense in the fourth, allowing just seven points while scoring 16 of their own for the 28-point rout.
Kevin Alas added 13 points for the Filipinos while Jake Pascual and Kiefer Ravena added eight apiece.
Naturalized center Marcus Douthit was not needed much in this one, playing just 15 minutes and scoring six points.
On the other hand, Perlas Pilipinas, the national women’s basketball team, settled for a silver medal with a 80-31 blowout win over host team Myanmar last yesterday.
The taller Filipinas pounded the host squad inside the paint where they scored most of their baskets. They outscored Myanmar, 28-10, in the third quarter and kept pressing in the fourth period to put up their biggest lead at 80-29.
Camille Sambile paced the nationals with 22 points, while Cassy Tioseco added 13 markers.
The cagebelles jumpstarted their SEAG bid with a 65-59 win over Malaysia, but were outclassed by reigning gold medalists Thailand, 36-75.
They managed to beat Indonesia, 55-43, to wound up with a 3-1 win-loss card, enough for a silver medal. They finished behind the unbeaten Thailand crew, which once again copped the gold medal.