SEABA: Singapore rallies past Vietnam to clinch fifth place

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2017 07:13 PM

Singapore's Leon Kwek attempts a jump shot against Vietnam in the SEABA Championship on Thursday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Singapore used a remarkable run in the fourth quarter to stun Vietnam, 73-60, and secure fifth place in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship on Thursday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

In what was a tight, back-and-forth game for three quarters, Vietnam surged to a seemingly comfortable 5-point lead, 56-51, with 7:20 to go off two free throws by To Quang Trung.

But Singapore took control from that point on, unleashing a ferocious 22-2 scoring run to break the game open. 

Leon Kwek and Larry Liew played huge roles in the run, with Kwek's and-1 sparking their outburst and Liew draining a dagger three-pointer that gave Singapore a 69-58 lead with 1:38 to go.

Kwek had a superb game, tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while Liew scored 15 points and made half of his six three-point attempts. Delvin Goh, meanwhile, had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Neither team could gain any separation in the first three quarters of the game, with Singapore briefly seizing a 47-42 advantage with 1:47 left in the third quarter, only for Vietnam's Le Ngoc Tu and Nguyen Van Hung to conspire in a 5-0 run that tied the game heading into the payoff period.

Vietnam outscored Singapore 9-3 in the first three minutes of the fourth period to pull ahead slightly, but To's two charities at the 7:20 mark proved to be their last meaningful points of the game as Singapore took over from there.

To had 10 points, while Trieu Han Minh had 17, and Nguyen grabbed 14 rebounds.

Singapore finished the tournament with a record of two wins and four losses, good for fifth place. Vietnam finished with a 1-5 slate for sixth place, just ahead of winless Myanmar.

The scores:

SINGAPORE 73 - Goh 15, Kwek 15, Liew 15, Chia 10, Ng H 7, Raj 6, Wong 5, Cheok 0, Ng J 0, Lim 0

VIETNAM 60 - Trieu 17, To 10, Nguyen V 9, Tran 8, Le N 6, Le P 5, Dang 2, Nguyen T 2, Nguyen H 1

QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 29-29, 47-47, 73-60

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