Gilas Pilipinas got its payback and dethroned Indonesia, 84-76, to earn 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 earlier 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.
Gilas will now meet host Cambodia as it bids to regain the basketball gold it surrendered to Indonesia in Hanoi, Vietnam last year.
The final is set Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Manila time)
The naturalized player-laden Cambodians beat the Filipinos in the preliminary, 79-68.
Brownlee topscored for 34 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the three-point region, and had nine rebounds and five assists.