Malaysia finished the 2017 SEABA Championship in fourth place after taking care of business against Myanmar, 96-71, Thursday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Liaw Chee Huei took charge for Malaysia as he tallied 25 points on an efficient 12-for-13 shooting, to go with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Chin Zhi Shin also had an impressive final game with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block, albeit with six turnovers.
More than six minutes went by with Myanmar not getting any baskets, until Aung Wana got them into the scoreboard with a three-pointer. Malaysia finished the first frame with an 18-6 cushion.
Myanmar improved in the second frame as they slowly trimmed their deficit. They managed to come as close as within four but Malaysia closed the half strong to bring their lead back up to double digits, 45-32, at the break.
Liaw and Chin worked their magic in the second half to completely pull away. Choo Wei Hong got injured in the fourth period after a bad fall and left the court with 10 points, as the rest of his teammates closed out the contest.
Fan favorite Aung Wana pushed Myanmar to their highest output of the tournament as he recorded 31 points on 12-for-17 field goal shooting. The Burmese team dropped all of their games but they earned praises for playing their hearts out despite being the perpetual underdogs.
Singapore grabbed their second victory and settled for fifth place after beating Vietnam, 73-60.
Leon Kwek, Larry Liew, and Delvin Goh all contributed 15 points to end their SEABA campaign on a winning note.
The Vietnamese managed to keep it close for three quarters but they failed to execute in the final minutes of the ballgame.
Heading into the fourth, the score was locked at 47-all. Vietnam got the advantage early but Singapore tied it again at the six-minute mark off a basket by Goh. The Singaporeans shut the doors on their opponents with a crucial 22-4 run to get away with the victory.
Han Minh Trieu paced Vietnam with 17 points while Van Hung Nguyen struggled to get his usual scoring numbers, ending up with just nine points on eight shots.
Vietnam ended their SEABA run with one win and five losses.
MALAYSIA 96 – Liaw 25, Chin 22, Heng 12, Teo 11, Choo 10, Choong 6, Ong 5, Mak 2, Liew 3, Ang 0, Ting 0
MYANMAR 71 – Wana 31, Thein H 11, Tin 10, Zaya 7, Wai 4, Sei 3, Aung M 3, Aung P 2, Kaung 0, Sai 0, Thein T 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-6, 45-32, 75-52, 96-71
SINGAPORE 73 – Goh 15, Kwek 15, Liew 15, Chia 10, Ng H 7, Raj 6, Wong 5, Cheok 0, Ng J 0, Lim 0
VIETNAM 60 – Trieu 17, To 10, Nguyen V 9, Tran 8, Le N 6, Le P 5, Dang 2, Nguyen T 2, Nguyen H 1
QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 29-29, 47-47, 73-60