SEA Games

Gilas Pilipinas blasts Singapore to stay perfect in SEA Games gold quest

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas Pilipinas blasts Singapore to stay perfect in SEA Games gold quest

UNBEATEN. Gilas Pilipinas inches closer to winning a 14th straight SEA Games gold medal.

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Riding high on its 68-point mauling of Cambodia, Gilas Pilipinas drubs Singapore by 51 for a 3-0 record

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas authored another blowout win, this time clobbering Singapore to stay unbeaten in the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam on Wednesday, May 18.

Riding high on its 68-point mauling of Cambodia a day prior, the Philippines steamrolled past Singapore, 88-37, at the Thanh Tri District Sporting Hall in Hanoi to pick up its third straight victory.

National team mainstay Roger Pogoy led the way with 19 points and 3 steals as the Filipinos got off to a blazing 15-1 start en route to the 51-point romp to inch closer to winning a 14th straight gold medal.

Unlike the past three SEA Games where squads are split into two groups, this edition follows a round-robin format, with the team with the best record bagging the gold.

The Philippines leads the pack with a 3-0 record, while host Vietnam and Indonesia are undefeated at 2-0.

Francis “LeBron” Lopez delivered anew with 18 points on a perfect 7-on-7 shooting after impressing in his Gilas Pilipinas debut with a team-high 17 points against Cambodia.

Lopez put on the finishing touches in the rout, pulling off a steal and slamming home a one-handed dunk for the final tally.

The Philippines also drew contributions from Matthew Wright and Jaydee Tungcab, who churned out 11 points apiece and combined for 5 steals.

June Mar Fajardo fell short of a double-double with 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 15 minutes of play.

No player scored in double figures for Singapore as Lavin Raj topscored with 8 points in the loss.

The Scores

Philippines 88 – Pogoy 19, Lopez 18, Wright 11, Tungcab 11, Fajardo 8, T. Ravena 5, K. Ravena 5, Tautuaa 5, Go 2, Navarro 2, Rosario 2, Montalbo 0. 

Singapore 37 – Raj 8, Toh 7, Kwek 6, Low 5, Mah 3, Z. Lim 2, Crump 2, Sim 2, Liew 0, Goh 0, Y. Lim 0. 

Quarters: 17-7, 43-17, 61-27, 88-37.

– Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.