Glass Pilippinus from rocky beginnings; Chot vs Thai fight ‘expected’

Gilas Pilipinus in the first assignment in Hanoi.  Sea Games Pool

Gilas Pilipinus in the first assignment in Hanoi. Sea Games Pool

Safe to say, this will not be the typical Southeast Asian (SEA) game for the Glass Pippinus.

The Filipinos, who rallied about a month ago and went on to win gold in Vietnam, which is considered the highest in the country, faced stiff resistance from the vastly advanced Thailand before starting the men’s basketball action in the 31st edition, 76-73. The biennial meeting in Hanoi on Monday.

Giuseppe Jun Mar Fazardo needed every bit of intelligence to carve out the victory, as the Filipinos were pushed in such a way that they had never been hit by an enemy who was one of their favorite whipping boys before.

“We were expecting to fight because of four foreigners in their lineup,” coach Chot Reyes told investigators in a text message. “Besides, this is the first time we’ve played together. We didn’t even have a chance to fight.

“[So] We just relied on our experience to win, ”Reyes added as he chased the 19th Cage gold to the Philippine meet.

Fazardo, the most valuable player in the six-time PBA, dropped 28 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks in hard-earned wins that made Filipinos aware that this বিপর unlike in the past হবে would not be another cakewalk. Gold medal.

Thirty Ravenna, tough by international play, chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in his first SEA Games outing.

The Thais actually had a chance to send the game into overtime, only for Nikkorn Jaisanuk to miss a triple from the market corner.

Looking for a second title

Next in line for the Nationals is Cambodia, a country that ranks seventh in Manila and is not expected to post too many threats. They gathered at 6 pm on Tuesday

Although the men got more than their bargains, the Gilas women got their title defense on a great note after they had earlier beaten Indonesia 93-77.

The Filipinos, who won gold in their first women’s cage back home in 2019, turned the heat in the third quarter before enjoying a 17-point lead on the road to impressive victories, surpassing the 32-19 Perbacians.

Afril Bernardino, easily the most experienced in the bunch, played for the Philippines with 16 points and nine rebounds. He turned out to be a hard-nosed defensive effort that resulted in four thefts and three blocks.

Jenin Pontezos, another grizzled taker, chipped in at 15, with Camille Clarin and newcomer Elisha Budd each dropping 11 drops to highlight the Philippines’ admirable effort on the offensive end. Coach Pat Aquino has contributed to every complaint.

Giles took a break on Tuesday and then returned again at 10am on Wednesday against Thailand

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