#SEAGames2015 Basketball Final Day Roundup

The #SEAGames2015 Men’s Basketball tournament closed with a pair of down-the-wire games as Singapore repeated over Thailand to snare the bronze, while the Philippines had to go through the wringer again to pocket the gold at the expense of Indonesia.

Scores and Recaps:

Final Day
Box scores.
- Myanmar salvaged some pride, beating Timor-Leste to finish in eighth place out of nine teams. Aung Myint led Myanmar with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Justin 1 added 22 markers. Zar Ni Tun also impressed with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double. On the other end, Baptista Da Silva Ribeiro paced the Timorese with 16 points, while Ivo Miranda scored 15 markers in support.

Line of the Game: Aung Myint (MYA) - 26pts, 16rebs, 5asts, 2stls, 2blks, 11/19 FGs.

Box scores.
- Singapore buckled down and hit the big shots in the dying minutes to pull the rug from under the Thais and reel in their second straight bronze medal in SEA Games basketball. Thailand, for the first since 2007, failed to finish on the podium. Larry Liew and Wong Wei Long waxed hot in this one, but it was Wu Qingde’s three-pointer late in the game that all but sealed the deal for the hosts. Liew led the way with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 triples, while Wong had 13 markers, 6 boards, and 6 assists. 

Unlike last night’s match against the Philippines, the Thais shot poorly in this game, making just 31% of their attempts and shooting just 2/16 from rainbow country. Frontline enforcer Sukhdave Ghogar was the only player in double-digits for Thailand, recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. This will serve as a good momentum-builder for Singapore as it next prepares for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Line of the Game: Wong Wei Long (SIN) - 13pts, 6rebs, 6asts, 2stls. 

Delvin Goh tries to power his way into the heart of the Thai defense.

Singapore wins bronze!

Box scores.
- Their resolve buoyed by Thailand’s valiant stand last night in the semifinals, the Indonesians took the game to the Filipinos right off the bat, and, for the most part, stayed within striking distance of the more ballyhooed Philippine quintet. Things were most tense in the final minutes when Rony Gunawan trimmed a lead that stood highest at 18 to just a mere 3 points. The Pinoys, however, refused to cave. Kiefer Ravena intercepted a pass off of Mario Wuysang and streaked down the court for a slam dunk that gave the Philippines a 5-point lead at which they wouldn’t look back

Despite beating this same Indon side in their first game, the Filipinos had a hard time figuring out their foes’ zone defense. With resident gunner Almond Vosotros sputtering from long distance, coach Tab Baldwin had little choice but to direct his wards to just straight up attack the basket. This tactic resulted in 35 Philippine free throw attempts, with the Pinoys connecting on 25 tries.

This time, it was FEU’s Mac Belo’s turn to shine. Belo dropped 22 big ones in his best game of the tournament. He shot 5/7 from the floor, but, more importantly, shot 11/13 from the stripe. He provided a huge spark off the bench and was instrumental in keeping Indonesia at bay. Backstopping Belo were Kiefer Ravena and Troy Rosario. Ravena put up a dozen points, 5 boards, 3 dimes, and 4 steals, while Rosario tallied 11 markers, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Indonesia, meanwhile, was paced by 16 points from Sandy Kurniawan, who hit 5 three-pointers in the game. Dodo Sitepu and Arki Wisnu scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Credit should also go to coach Fictor Roring, whose zone defense against Gilas proved to be a tough nut to crack.

The Gilas Cadets bring home the gold medal yet again, while the Indons bag the silver medal for only the second time in the tournament’s history. 

Line of the Game: Mac Belo (PHI) - 22pts, 4rebs, 1ast, 5/7 FGs, 11/13 FTs.

Mac Belo of the Philippines was a big contributor in this game. 

Sandy Kurniawan of Indonesia played onw of the best games of his life, but even that wasn't enough.

Troy Rosario rises up for the difficult lay-up against a very solid Indon side.

Images from the SEA Games.

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