Final Day of the 2012 SEABA Stankovic Qualifying Cup

Sonny Thoss, LA Tenorio, and Mac Baracael bask in the
moment after winning the 2012 SEABA Cup.
(image by Josh Reyes)

Team Pilipinas formalized its entry to the 2012 FIBA-Asia Cup, formerly known as the Stankovic Cup, by soundly beating the host team and, consequently, sweeping the competition in the 2012 SEABA Stankovic Cup Qualifying Tournament.

Once again, it was Marcus Douthit who dominated for the Filipinos. The naturalized 6’11” center drilled in 17 points on a flawless 8-of-8 shooting array from the field. He also collected 11 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, and connected on 4 assists. He was ably supported by fellow frontliner Sonny Thoss, who recorded 10 points and 3 boards. Backcourt partners Garvo Lanete and Chris Tiu also contributed significantly with 12 and 11 markers respectively. The Pinoys led from the get-go, limiting the hapless Thais to just 15 points in the first half, while scoring 41 of their own. This was thanks mainly to the superb quarterbacking of Alaska’s LA Tenorio, who ended the game with 7 assists on top of 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

With this win, the Pinoys move on to the FIBA-Asia Cup in Tokyo, where the top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championships and also earn for their respective sub-zones additional berths in the same tournament. The Filipinos are grouped with 2011 FIBA-Asia Champion China, the defending 2010 Stankovic Cup titlist Lebanon, East Asia’s Macau, and a yet-to-be-determined representative from Central Asia – probably Kazakhstan.

In the first game, Indonesia asserted its might inside in tripping the Singaporeans, 65-51. Julius Ahmad and Arki Wisnu combined for 30 points to lead the Indons’ scoring, but it was the frontcourt duo of Galank Gunawan and Dodo Sitepu that trampled Singapore. Gunawan and Sitepu paired up for 25 rebounds, matching the team total of their foes, while also collectively blocking 2 shots and stealing the ball thrice.

Despite being tied with the Thais at 2 wins and 2 losses, Indonesia claimed second spot by virtue of beating the hosts yesterday. Singapore and Malaysia both finished with 1-3 slates, but because Singapore beat Malaysia earlier in the tournament, they claim fourth spot.

Final Day Scores
PHI 74 - Douthit 17, Lanete 12, Tiu 11, Thoss 10, Tenorio 7, Baracael 6, Marcelo 6, Hermida 3, Ramos 2, Co 0, Monfort 0
THA 52 - Dasom 16, Ghogar 12, Danai 10, Samerjai 7, Klahan 5, Sekteera 2, Wanna 0, Lertmalaiporn 0, Suthap 0, Kaedum 0
QS: 22-8, 41-15, 57-32, 74-52
Notable Performances:
Marcus Douthit (PHI) - 17pts, 11rebs, 5blks, 4asts, 1stl
Sukhdave Ghogar (THA) - 12pts, 7rebs, 2blks, 1reb, 1ast

The Pinoys cop the title and book a seat in the 2012 FIBA-Asia Cup in
Tokyo, Japan later this year.
(image by Josh Reyes)
LA Tenorio's inclusion in the Gilas team proved
to be a stroke of genius.
(image by Paolo Papa/InterAKTV)

INA 65 - Ahmad 16, Wisnu 14, Michel 8, Susanto 8, Siregar 6, Sitepu 5, Liogu 4, Gunawan 4, Handoyo 0
SIN 51 - Matialakan 16, Ng 11, Khoo 6, Oh 5, Wu 4, Folkoff 4, Wong 2, Lim 2, Koh 1, Liew 0, Teo 0, Goh 0
QS: 9-12, 20-22, 49-35, 65-51
Notable Performances:
Galank Gunawan (INA) - 4pts, 13rebs, 3stls, 1ast
Pathman Matialakan (SIN) - 16pts, 9rebs, 1stl, 1blk

Dodo Sitepu of Indonesia was a tower of power
against the Singaporeans.
(image from

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