Gilas Pilipinas shredded Cambodia to pieces in a 100-32 blowout to pick up its second straight win in as many games and gain much-needed momentum in its bid for 14th straight gold medal.
Youngster Francis “LeBron” Lopez led the way with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Philippines, which asserted its dominance after a narrow win against Thailand a day before.
When Gilas Pilipinas takes on Cambodia on Tuesday, May 17, expect the Filipinos to come up with a much-better showing and deliver a statement game at the Thanh Tri District Sporting Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Filipinos narrowly escaped Thailand, 76-73, in the first game of their title-retention bid in the Southeast Asian Games on Monday, May 16.
June Mar Fajardo propelled Gilas to the hard-earned victory with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Thirdy Ravena backstopped the six-time PBA MVP with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Look for Fajardo, Ravena, and the rest of the star-studded Gilas squad to dominate the Cambodians, who are coming off a 32-point loss to Vietnam, from start to finish in what is expected to be a walk in the park for the Philippines.
Game time is 6 pm.