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Gilas Pilipinas thrashes Myanmar by 95 for 2-0 record

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (UPDATED) – Gilas Pilipinas put on a show before another huge Filipino crowd, beating Myanmar 129-34 to go up 2-0 in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, August 22 at the MABA Stadium here. 

The Philippines dominates Myanmar after nearly succumbing to upset-seeking Thailand two days ago.

"Just to respect the opponent, respect the game," head coach Jong Uichico shared the mindset he instilled in his players ahead of the game, knowing full well Myanmar is one of the weaker teams in the tournament.

"Do the right things, get good habits, don't fall into bad habits because you can play any way you want today. It's not going to help us in the following days. We can't relax."

The entire team was fielded in and everyone scored at least 4 points, with Raymar Jose leading the pack at 22 points on top of 5 rebounds.

Kobe Paras logged over 27 minutes after playing sparingly against Thailand and finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 7 steals, 4 blocks, no turnovers, and a bunch of highlight dunks.

Troy Rosario had 14 markers while Mike Tolomia had 13 points and 6 assists. Carl Bryan Cruz played his first game for this Gilas squad after flying in from Lebanon coming off the FIBA Asia Cup. Despite the long trip, he posted 12 points and 4 rebounds, while Christian Standhardinger had a double-double effort of 12 points and 11 boards.

Gilas withdrew its appeal to insert Mac Belo into the lineup for Cruz on Monday night, according to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas deputy executive director Bernie Atienza. Belo will fly back home to Manila on Wednesday.

Kyaw Sai Phyo had 12 points to lead Myanmar.

Gilas faces host Malaysia on Wednesday, August 23 at 6 pm to wrap up the group phase of competition. Rappler.com