PH, Thailand to dispute gold in Stankovic Cup finals

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The Philippines and host Thailand will dispute the gold medal in the 2016 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Stankovic Cup finals today at the Stadium 29 in Bangkok.

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The championship game begins at 3 p.m. (Manila time).

The Filipino cagers are undefeated in the elimination round with four straight wins including their 66-65 victory over the Thais on Thursday evening.

The Philippines quickly took control of the game in the opening quarter but Thailand regained momentum going into the second period to take the lead, 33-32, at halftime.

The Gilas Cadets grabbed a slim 49-48 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Filipinos sustained their aggression to finally clinch the win through back-to-back three pointers of Kevin Ferrer and Mike Tolomia.

Team captain Troy Rosario led the Philippines with 20 points on a seven-out-of-15 shooting performance from the field together with 10 boards.

Former Far Eastern University star Mac Belo contributed 18 markers while Ferrer and Tolomia had seven and nine points, respectively.

With the win against the host, the Philippines secured one of the two tickets to the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge to be played in Iran later this year.

The team opened the tournament with a 108-84 triumph over Malaysia before trouncing Singapore, 81-59 through the prowess of Arellano University standout Jiovanni Jalalon.

The Gilas Cadets then handed the Indonesians an 83-52 beating in their third game.

JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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