2014 SEABA U18 Championships Roundup: Day 1

The 2014 SEABA U18 Championships in Sabah, Malaysia kicked off yesterday with the Philippines plastering Indonesia and the home team outplaying Singapore.

(Left) Thirdy Ravena pulls up for a jumper in transition.
(Right) Joon Lock Wee attacks the hole for Malaysia.

In the first game of the day, the Filipinos had no trouble at all disposing of the overmatched Indons, 98-35. Batang Gilas Pilipinas, coached by multi-titled mentor Jamike Jarin, dominated from the start, outscoring Indonesia, helmed by Pinoy coach Brit Reroma, 23-8, in the first canto and never looking back. The Filipinos overpowered Indonesia on the glass, 57-33, with 2013 FIBA World 3x3 Championship competitor Thirdy Ravena hauling down 11 boards. Coach Jarin’s wards were also relentless on defense, stealing the basketball 21 times en route to forcing 31 Indon turnovers. Once again, it was Ravena, along with Mark Dyke, who led the way with 4 steals. Backcourt duo Jollo Go and Radge Tongco took care of the scoring load here, making 18 and 13 points respectively. Go waxed hot from long range, draining 5 triples in just 16 minutes of play. On the other end, veteran youth team player Vincent Kosasih, led Indonesia with 10 points on 4/4 FG shooting and 2 rebounds.

Richard Escoto challenges the D of Indon center Mohamad Saroni.
3x3 World Championship veteran Thirdy Ravena was
dominant against Indonesia.

The second game of the day featured the Malaysians turning back Singapore, 82-74. Malaysia led most of the way here, and looked to cruise to victory till the Singaporeans rallied in the fourth period to cut the deficit to single digits. After trailing by 18 at the half, coach Yao Kwang Ong’s wards charged back in the second half to put up a challenge. In the end, however, Malaysia’s cushion proved to be enough to preserve the hosts’ first win in the three-day tourney. Guards Yi Hou Wong and Joon Lock Wee led Malaysia with a combined 5 triples and 41 points. Center Anthony Liew anchored the middle with a 10-point, 10-rebound, double-double, while Wing Jet Tan dropped 16 off the pine. The losing side was paced by forwards Han Xingyuan and Leon Kwek, who tallied 20 and 14 markers respectively as well as a combined 15 boards.

Joon Lock Wee helped lead the Malaysians past the Singaporeans on Day 1.

Zhong Han Wong of Singapore tries to elude the pesky Malaysian defense.


PHL 98 – Go 18, Tongco 13, Caracut 9, Ravena 8, Black 8, Dyke 8, Ochea 7, Desiderio 7, Asilum 6, Yu 6, Santillan 4, Escoto 4
INA 35 – Kosasih 10, Teja 8, Tio 3, Aziz 2, Pangesthio 2, Tjandra 2, Prabowo 2, Astaghfirul 2, Aghystha 2, Saroni 2, Indprasto 0, Simadibrata 0
QS: 23-8, 51-13, 71-27, 98-35

MAS 82 – Wong Y 23, Wee 18, Tan Wi 16, Liew 10, Heng 4, Tan We 3, Foo 2, Ting 2, Wong K 2, Wong M 2, Lim 0, Chang 0
SIN 74 – Han 20, Kwek 14, Wong 10, Li m8, Teo 6, Sim 5, Ang 4, Foo 3, Goh 2, Lim 2, Chua 0, Chia 0
QS: 25-12, 46-28, 61-47, 82-74

All images are from the Malaysian Basketball Association.

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