Gilas Cadet Almond Vosotros nailed a triple in the final minutes to complete a 52-point lead thumping of the Malaysians, 100-48, in the 28th Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball competition at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 in Singapore on Thursday.
De La Salle University’s shooting guard Vosotros scored 21 points, including five three-pointers, while big man Troy Rosario of National University fired 18 points to secure their back-to-back victory in the biennial meet.
The Gilas Cadets, under the tutelage of head coach Tab Baldwin routed Indonesia, 81-52, in their first game on Wednesday.
The Philippine team established a huge lead early on stretching it further to 50 points in the second half of the game.
Naturalized center Marcus Douthit added 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Ateneo shooting guard Kiefer Ravena and La Salle big man Norbert Torres had eight points each for the Philippine team.
The Filipinos were already enjoying a 28-point lead, 40-12, with few minutes left before the halftime break. They beefed up the lead 48-20 by the end of the second half and it further ballooned to 75-35 after the third quarter.
The Gilas Cadet registered their biggest lead, 97-40, after a blistering 16-0 run in the last period.
The Philippine team will battle Timor Leste at 6 p.m. on Friday for its last match before advancing to the semifinals.
The Philippine women’s team also defeated Malaysia, 74-63, to keep its gold medal hopes alive.