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Fiery Blatche carries Gilas to Seaba sweep

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Gilas Pilipinas made true to its word and punched a ticket to the Asian championships, beating Indonesia, 97-64, to sweep the 2017 Seaba Championship on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Andray Blatche paved the way for the Philippines’ successful title defense, going 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from threes to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds in just three quarters to lead the home team to the victory.

Undefeated going to the final game of the tourney, the Indonesians posed the biggest threat to the country’s throne.

But Blatche and Jayson Castro William were quick to bring Indonesia back to Earth as the duo buckled down to work early and anchored the Philippines’ offensive flurry, stringing 12 straight points to set the tone for the game with an early 22-point cushion, 34-12 late in the first quarter.

Though the offense seemed to have soured in the second frame, Gilas came out sniping anew in the next two periods, with Terrence Romeo and Matthew Wright soon finding their range to open the floodgates and cruise to its sixth straight win.

Castro wound up with 14 markers, seven boards, and five assists, while June Mar Fajardo saved his best offensive game for last with 13 points, four rebounds, and two blocks.

Gilas commanded the boards, 53-25, and dominated the paint, 40-22, which helped the squad extend the lead to as high as 38, 95-57, with the game already secured.

Coach Chot Reyes expressed glee with how his team responded to the challenge of the field as the Philippines brandishing once again its dominance in the region by winning by an average of 58.6 points.

“We knew we were going to be tested, and I felt we were ready for it,” he said.

With its eighth Seaba Championship in the bag, Gilas will now prepare for the Asia-Pacific heavyweights as it advances to the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup on August in Lebanon.

Arki Wisnu captained Indonesia with 11 points and four assists, while Mario Wuysang got 10 markers, five dimes, and two boards.

Naturalized player Jamarr Johnson was limited to just four points and two rebounds in his 17 minutes of play.

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES 97 – Blatche 21, Castro William 14, Fajardo 13, Wright 9, Rosario 9, Aguilar 6, Jalalon 6, Romeo 6, Pogoy 5, Abueva 5, Maliksi 3, Almazan 0.

INDONESIA 64 – Wisnu 11, Wuysang 10, Sitepu 8, Grahita 8, Pratama 8, Kurniawan 7, Sitorus 4, Johnson 4, Nugroho 2, Dhyaksa 2, Lakudu 0.

Quarters: 34-14, 51-30, 78-47, 97-64.

 

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Chot admits having finals showdown vs Indons in mind during Gilas-Vietnam tussle

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MANILA, Philippines — Chot Reyes is saving the best for last.

After scoring another convincing victory over Vietnam, the national team head coach shared that the final SEABA game—which will be against Indonesia—had been in everyone’s mind.

And it was evident early into the game against the Vietnamese.

“Well we went into this ballgame with the intent and purpose of making sure that we keep our discipline and retain good habits, and not fall into bad habits. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case in the first quarter—in the first half,” Reyes said.

But that was understandable, he noted, as the players—he thought—“have been subconsciously thinking or preparing for the harder game.”

Indonesia is finally competing with full potential after naturalized cager Jamarr Johnson and part-American Arki Wisnu have have been cleared to play by FIBA. They took the court Wednesday in a victorious stand against the Singaporeans.

But that was understandable, he noted, as the players—he thought—“have been subconsciously thinking or preparing for the harder game.”

Indonesia is finally competing with full potential after naturalized cager Jamarr Johnson and part-American Arki Wisnu have have been cleared to play by FIBA. They took the court Wednesday in a victorious stand against the Singaporeans.

“From Day One, not only now but from Day One we took a look at their roster and we knew it's not a roster we can take for granted, that's why we built the team that we built,” Reyes furthered.

He went on to add that every game Gilas has played felt like a prelude to the final dance on Thursday night.

“The essence of sport is you can never be sure. That's why we keep harping on the fact that we shouldn't take anything for granted, and we'd like to think everything we've done at this point is to get us ready for the game tomorrow,” Reyes noted.

“They have a couple of bigs who can score and shoot from the outside. And then they have Johnson who's going to be their energy guy, going to be their go-to guy,” the returning Gilas tactician added.

“The key for us is to keep up with his motor. He's going to be raring to go, he doesn't have any minutes on those legs, so he's going to be very fresh. We gotta get ready for that tomorrow,” Reyes said.

Gilas’ victory against the Vietnamese has been the third straight win with a 55-point gap. Asked about the winning margin for tomorrow’s night, Reyes said the favorites couldn’t care less.

“We can just win by one. All we need to do is to get the W. We're not concerned about the margin of victory or whatever. We just want to get the job done. We just want to make sure that we get to the FIBA Asia,” he noted.

“And now, there's 40 minutes separating us from that, so our key now is to prepare them. Basically, this game was played in preparation for Indonesia already tomorrow, but to prepare them emotionally and mentally for that team tomorrow, because we know it's going ot be a hard one,” he closed.

The two unbeaten teams will dispute the lone ticket to FIBA Asia hostilities in Lebanon at 7 p.m., again at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

By Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com)

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