The Philippines is once again the king of Southeast Asian basketball.
Gilas Pilipinas captured the gold medal in the Men’s basketball tournament by defeating Indonesia, 94-55, in the 29th edition of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mike Tolomia caught fire, scoring 20 points to lead the Philippines. Kobe Paras came second in scoring with 14 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting clip while Raymar Jose chipped in with 12.
It was a 26-12 second quarter run that first created separation for the young Gilas squad against a gritty Indonesian team.
In that pivotal scoring spree, Gilas displayed its full strength. Ray Parks stopped every Indonesian he was up against. Kiefer Ravena created opportunities for his teammates thanks to his dribble penetration. Kobe Paras electrified the entire arena with his supreme athleticism. And Mike Tolomia, the man who has been a thorn on the side of every team in the SEA Games, lit up the scoreboard once again.
The game was filled with highlights and scintillating plays for our 12-man team.
Indonesia constantly tried to slow down the game using their zone defense, but the crisp ball movement by Gilas proved to be too much. On offense for Indonesia, they were stifled by the tremendous defense spearheaded by Parks.
Diftha Pratama and Sandy Kurniawan each had 10 points in the losing effort. Mario Wuysang, a legend in Indonesian basketball, only managed two points on 1-for-7 shooting. Arki Wisnu equally had a poor outing as he racked up just six points.
By the second half, the Philippines poured it on as Indonesia was left clueless. Gilas outscored their opponent 22-11 in the third, and 27-17 in the final frame. Gilas led by as much as 39 points in the championship game.
This victory by Gilas on Saturday night gave the Philippines its 18th gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games.
Gilas Pilipinas 94 – Tolomia 20, Paras 14, Jose 12, Stanhardinger 11, Rosario 8, Ravena 7, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Pessumal 5, Amer 4, Parks 2, Vosotros 0
Indonesia 55 – Pratama 10, Kurniawan 10, Wisnu 6, Enguio 5, Sitepu 4, Dhyaksa 4, Nugroho 4, Kosasih 4, Wuysang 2, Grahita 2, Sitorus 2, Lakudu 2,
Quarters: 19-15, 45-27, 67-38, 94-55
– The Philippines shot 46 percent from the field while also limiting Indonesia to just 29 percent.
– Kiefer Ravena has now won a record four basketball gold medals in the SEA Games.
– Back in 2015, Indonesia also played in the gold medal round against Gilas Pilipinas. Mario Wuysang, Arki Wisnu, and the rest of the Indonesian core, also played in the SEA Games in Singapore.