Gilas Pilipinas def Cambodia, 80-69 [Finals | 2023 SEA Games | May 16, 2023]

Gilas Pilipinas got even and dethroned Indonesia behind a come-from-behind 84-76 win for a return trip to the gold medal play of the Southeast Asian Games on Monday night.

Justin Brownlee carried the Filipinos on his broad shoulders, hitting eight straight points including consecutive baskets from beyond the arc that allowed the team to take the lead for good, 78-74.

The Philippines trailed by as many as 11 midway in the second quarter on a three-pointer by Lester Prosper, and were still behind, 74-70, with 4:10 to play in the do-or-die semifinals at the Morodok Techo Stadium Elephant Hall 2.

That was until Brownlee began to take matters in his own hands and willed the Filipinos back.

Gilas will now meet host Cambodia as it bids to regain the basketball gold it lost to Indonesia in Hanoi, Vietnam a year ago.

The final is set Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Manila time).

The host, powered by six naturalized players beat the Filipinos in the group stage, 79-68.

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