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MANILA, Philippines – After settling for a silver-medal finish in the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games last year, Gilas Pilipinas’ road to redemption begins on Tuesday, May 9 when it opens its 32nd SEA Games men’s basketball campaign against Malaysia at the Morodok Techno National Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Bannered by naturalized player Justin Brownlee, two-time PBA Best Player of the Conference Christian Standhardinger, and national team stalwart CJ Perez, Gilas Pilipinas aims to deliver a statement game and make easy work of Malaysia, which it crushed by 43 points last year.
Despite having a completely new lineup, expect the Philippines – which has a mix of battle-tested veterans and young guns in its 12-man roster – to kick off its bid for a 19th gold medal on a high note by reasserting its mastery over the Malaysian squad led by high-scoring guard Chun Hong Ting.
Game tips off at 2 pm, Manila time. – Rappler.com