Gilas Pilipinas lived up to its reputation as the region’s super power, crushing Indonesia, 97-64, Thursday night to complete a dominant showing in the 2017 SEABA Championship and secure a traditional spot in the Asian meets.
Before a raucous crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Nationals rolled past the last hurdle separating them from passage into the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut in August and into the Asian World Cup qualifying series that starts in November.
They stood tall at the end of the weeklong one-round-robin SEABA competition where they swept away the opposition by a whopping average of 58.6 points.
They easily proved that the Philippines is a class of its own in Southeast Asian basketball.
As a result, Team Philippines formalized its entry into the Asian “WC” qualifier where it is headed into a grouping with Australia, Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first round of the series of eliminators that will run all the way to 2019. – PBA
PHILIPPINES 97 – Blatche 21, Castro William 14, Fajardo 13, Wright 9, Rosario 9, Aguilar 6, Jalalon 6, Romeo 6, Pogoy 5, Abueva 5, Malicsi 3, Almazan 0
INDONESIA 64 – Wisnu 11, Wuysang 10, Setipu 8, Grahita 8, Pratama 8, Kurniawan 7, Sitorus 4, Johnson 4, Nugroho 2, Dhyaksa 2, Lakudu 0
Quarterscores: 34-14, 51-30, 78-47, 97-64