The Philippines encountered a inspired Singaporean side as its best ever, and the Gilas cadets needed to work extra hard to pull off a 68-60 decision and make the gold-medal match of the 29th SEA Games men’s basketball competition at the MABA Stadium here Friday night.
The Gilas cadets banked heavily on Christian Standhardinger, TNT KaTropa forward Troy Rosario and Meralco guard Mike Tolomia to survive the scare and reach the finale either against Thailand or Indonesia at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.
“We wanted a blowout but couldn’t do it,” said Gilas coach Jong Uichico.
“But a win is a win. We’ll forget about the game and look forward to playing the game for the gold. I’m still thankful we got to the finals,” Uichico added.
Standhardinger delivered yet another double-double game with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Rosario came up with 14 markers and 10 boards in his own double-double outing while Tolomia banged away 10 to lead the Gilas cadets that struggled badly to break Singapore’s tough-as-nail defense. – PBA
Philippines (68) – Rosario 14, Standhardinger 13, Tolomia 10, Amer 8, Paras 7, Ravena 5, Parks 4, Pessumal 4, Ferrer 2, Cruz 1, Jose 0, Vosotros 0.
Singapore (60) – Low 14, Wong 12, Kwek 8, Liew 6, Ng 6, Folkoff 6, Goh 6, Chia 2.
Quarterscores: 15-12, 32-24, 49-42, 68-60.