The Gilas Cadets evaded a late game surge by Indonesia to post a 72-64 win and rule the basketball tournament of the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Singapore on Monday.
The Philippines that have won 17 out of 18 titles since the inclusion of the sport in the regional games, has asserted anew its dominance of basketball in the biennial meet.
As expected, after losing to the highly-favored Philippine squad in their opening day meeting, the Indonesians came back stronger in their second encounter against the Gilas Cadets.
The Philippines established a commanding 39-26 lead at the halftime break and their dominance of Indonesia continued until the end of the third period.
However, the Indonesians managed to trim down the gap to just three points off a 9-1 scoring run midway through the final stretch.
Despite the slackening of offense in the greater part of the fourth and final period, the Philippines’ attack was reinvigorated when Kiefer Ravena sank a breakaway dunk to extend the Cadets’ lead to five points.
Mac Belo, who ended his stellar performance with 22 points, ensured the win for the Philippines with a couple of free throws in the final seconds.
Ravena, meanwhile, ended the contest with 12 markers, five boards, four steals and three assists while Troy Rosario added 11 points and five rebounds.