MANILA, Philippines – Smart Gilas Pilipinas gained entry to the FIBA Asia Cup by topping this year’s Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Cup in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Saturday.
The Philippine national team clobbered host country Thailand, 74-52, finishing the SEABA tournament with a 4-game conquest.
The Filipinos overpowered the Thais, leading by as much as 20 points during the final game.
Gilas also won against Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
With the victory, the Philippine squad will compete in the FIBA Asia Cup scheduled in September.