MANILA, Philippines – Malaysia weathered an impressive performance from Aung Wana to crush Myanmar, 96-71, and salvage a fourth-place finish in the 2017 SEABA Championship on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Five Malaysians scored in double-digits, with Liaw Chee Huei scoring 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and Chin Zhi Shin adding 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Malaysia finished the tournament with a 3-3 win-loss record, and doomed Myanmar to a winless campaign, as the Burmese concluded the tournament with a 0-6 slate.
It was a good start for Malaysia, as they led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter with Wana held scoreless. However, the Burmese star, who had become a favorite of Filipino fans, thanks to his creative scoring ways, got untracked in the second quarter.
He anchored a 7-0 burst that made it a five-point game, 17-22, early in the second period. They got to as close as four points, 26-30, off a jumper by Han Thein with 3:33 left in the first half.
However, Malaysia responded with six unanswered points to regain a double-digit spread, and they pulled away completely in the third period where they outscored Myanmar, 30-20.
Wana finished with 31 points on an efficient 12 of 17 shooting, while Thein had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists.
Though Malaysia got the win, one of its key players, Choo Wei Hong, suffered an injury to his left knee midway through the fourth quarter. Choo had 10 points and four rebounds in the game before needing to be helped to the bench.
Myanmar lost games by an average margin of 59.67 points in the tournament.
MALAYSIA 96 - Liaw 25, Chin 22, Heng 12, Teo 11, Choo 10, Choong 6, Ong 5, Mak 2, Liew 3, Ang 0, Ting 0
MYANMAR 71 - Wana 31, Then H 11, Tin 10, Zaya 7, Wai 4, Sei 3, Aung M 3, Aung P 2, Kaung 0, Sai 0, Thein T 0,
Quarter scores: 18-6, 45-32, 75-52, 96-71
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