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The Gilas Pilipinas crew that many said was an overkill for this Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship certainly showed that it is, and coach Chot Reyes, after talking guardedly about this team the past two weeks, is not about to make apologies for that.

“I just like the way we went out and did the little things,” the veteran internationalist said after the Filipinos literally manhandled Burma (Myanmar), 147-40, at Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday, to confirm the hype about the talent surrounding Gilas in this entry level regional event critical to World Cup qualifying.

For the record, Gilas had 45 assists, compared to Myanmar’s eight; 57 rebounds against 33 by the outclassed enemy; had 25 steals and 12 blocks in a mind-boggling result that showed the discrepancy in talent.