The Philippine Gilas Cadet team, under head coach Tab Baldwin, overcame a slow start to win its opening match against Indonesia, 81-52, on Wednesday in the men’s basketball competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 in Singapore.
Ateneo De Manila University hotshot guard Kiefer Ravena scored 16 points mostly in the third quarter to establish a 35-24 halftime lead for the Philippines. The Gilas Cadets’ lead further ballooned to 70-41 in the second half en route to their first victory in the men’s basketball competition.
In the final half, Ravena and La Salle’s Almond Vosotros were able to find their rhythm and secure the win for the Philippine squad.
Vosotros, who notched 14 points, nailed a triple with only 6:13 left in the fourth quarter to hand the Cadets a 72-41 edge. From thereon, the Philippines didn’t relinquish their advantage.
National University big man Troy Rosario added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while University of Santo Tomas’ Kevin Ferrer and La Salle’s Norbert Torres made eight points apiece for the Philippine team. Naturalized Marcus Douthit finished only with six points, nine rebounds and three blocks.