SEA Games: Gilas trumps Singapore by 51 points to stay perfect

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2022 05:57 PM | Updated as of May 18 2022 06:45 PM

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Gilas Pilipinas continued its rampage in the 31st Southeast Asian Games after its 51-point demolition of Singapore on Wednesday.

Just a day after its 68-point rout of Cambodia, the Philippines registered another overwhelming victory, 88-37, this time over the Singaporeans in the Hanoi Games in Vietnam. 

Gilas has now raised its perfect record to 3-0 as it eyes a 14th straight SEA Games gold and 19th overall in the biennial meet. 

RR Pogoy started strong for the Philippines, giving the country a 13-1 lead after back-to-back baskets in the first quarter. 

Pogoy tallied 12 of his 19 points in the first half, including a jumper at the 3:51 mark of the second quarter for a 33-13 separation. 

LeBron Lopez also had a sterling performance with 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field. 

Isaac Go stretched Gilas lead to 41 points in the payoff period with his putback basket while Lopez’s slam in the final 47 seconds gave the Philippines its biggest lead at 88-37. 

Singapore’s Lavin Raj topscored for his team with eight markers while Qing Huang added seven. They fell to 0-2 in the Games after losing also to host Vietnam, 83-86. 

THE SCORES:

Philippines (88) - Pogoy 19, Lopez 18, Wright 11, Tungcab 11, Fajardo 8, Ravena K. 5, Tautua'a 5, Ravena T. 5, Rosario 2, Navarro 2, Go 2, Montalbo 0.

Singapore (37) - Raj 8, Toh 7, Kwek 6, Low 5, Mah 3, Folkoff 2, Lim 2, Crump 2, Sim 2, Goh 0, Liew 0, Lim 0.

Quarterscores: 17-7, 43-17, 61-27, 88-37.