NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - The Philippine National Men's basketball team dubbed as "Sinag Pilipinas" cruised to their second straight win after manhandling Cambodia, 107-57, in the 27th Southeast Asian Games men's basketball at Zeya-thiri Stadium yesterday.
Mark Belo was the Philippines' top scorer with 17 points while Bobby Ray Parks finished with a double- double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Filipinos banked on their fiery start as they immediately raced to a 25-16 lead at the end of the opening period.
They continued their dominance in the second quarter by outscoring the Cambodians, 19-9, and secured a 44-25 cushion at halftime.
Sinag Pilipinas buried the Cambodians alive early in the third quarter by launching a thunderous 11-0 assault that ballooned their lead to 30 at 55-25. They maintained their big lead and closed out the third quarter with a 37 point advantage, 76-39.
The Filipinos appeared in the fourth quarter with no signs of slowing down as they easily drubbed the Cambodians who didn't have any answer to the firepower of the Philippine squad.
The Filipinos will slug it out against SEAG host Myanmar tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Daniel Parantac knows he made a little slip, but that did not deprived him of a wushu gold at the end of the event's competitions yesterday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A.
The Baguio City native scored 9.68 in the taijijian (double-edged sword) to emerge with a total of 19.38 points and beat host Myanmar's Nyein Chan Ko Ko, who got 9.65 and a 19.33, for the gold in the two-event competition.
The gold was laced by Natasha Enriquez and Kariza Kris Chan teaming up for the bronze in the women's duilian a little later on, jacking the sport's total to the Philippine cause at three gold, as many silver and two bronze medals.
Meanwhile, the campaign of Perlas Pilipinas faces uncertainty after the country's female dribblers were beaten by a much taller Thailand squad, 75-36, absorbing their first loss after an 65-59 opening win against Malaysia on Monday.*PNA
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