Gilas Pilipinas Conquers the 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup!

Gilas Pilipinas came back from a fourth quarter deficit and subdued the defending champion SCFA (Southern California Fukienese Association) squad, 81-77, to complete a 5-game sweep of the 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong, China.

Marcus Douthit came to play in the final game, scoring 19 points, grabbing 20 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists, getting 4 steals, and blocking 4 shots in a superb all-around effort. He was backstopped by the guard corps of Gary David, Kevin Alas, and Garvo Lanete, all of whom combined for 39 markers. Alas was adjudged tournament MVP after the momentous Gilas win.

Gilas Pilipinas won another championship after conquering
the 2013 Super Kung Sheung Cup in Hong Kong.
(image from the Facebook page of Mosh Reyes)
A day earlier, Gilas disposed of the Changsha Park Lane Snow Wolves, 90-69, thanks to the 18-point explosion of Air 21 Express stalwart KG Cañaleta. Douthit also did well in that match with 13 points and 8 boards, while Alas registered 10 markers.

The Gilas team, composed mostly of players fresh out of college and from the Philippine cadet pool, returns home as heroes. This raises the spirit and expectations of the basketball-mad Pinoy public, who are raring to get the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament underway after being awarded hosting rights for the first time in four decades.

SCFA failed to defend the title it won last year despite the superb efforts of Trayvonte Britt, Robert Curtis, and Andrew Der. Britt and Der paired up for 33 points, while Curtis finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Kevin Alas was named the MVP of the tournament despite coming off the
bench as the last man in most of the games.
(image by Jan Dizon/Filoil Flying V Sports)

All heart. All Pilipinas.
(image from the Facebook page of Mosh Reyes)

Other Final Day Results:

In the third place match, Hong Kong beat Changsha Park Lane, 81-71, thanks to four players finishing in double-figures, led by the hot shooting of 6’5 slotman Wong Chun Wai. Wong registered 17 points on the strength of 4 treys to go along with 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Fong Shing Yee scored 15 points for support. Changsha was led by Gao Yan’s 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Despite the home team finishing in third place, it is worth noting that some of Hong Kong’s main national players didn’t play in this tournament due to injury. Absent were main guns Lau Hoi-To and Lee Shu-Wing, as well as team captain Poon Chi-Ho. All three are expected to return to NT action for the 2013 East Asian Basketball Association (EABA) tournament, which will serve as a qualifying meet for 2013 FIBA Asia Championships. Five slots for the EABA teams are up for grabs, with China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan expected to gobble up the first four. It’s expected that Hong Kong will be in the thick of the fight for the fifth spot with the national sides of Mongolia and, perhaps, North Korea.

Day 4 Results:

Thailand beat Indonesia, 85-73, for seventh place.

Hong Kong Xinlibao scraped by Malaysia, 80-79, for fifth place.

Box Scores may be viewed here.

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