SEA Games: Glass Philippines close to gold, crushing Malaysia

Francis "LeBron" Lopez leads the Gilas Philipinus vs. Singapore in the 31st SEA Games men's basketball competition.  Sea Games Pool

File – Francis “LeBron” Lopez leads the Glass Philippines vs Singapore in the men’s basketball competition at the 31st SEA Games. Sea Games Pool

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines held its unbeaten run in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Saturday afternoon, moving closer to the 14th gold medal after beating Malaysia 87-44 at the Than Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi.

The glass championship is confirmed — 19th overall in the Philippines — if Indonesia hosts Vietnam in the competition at 6 p.m.

Third Ravenna finished with the Nationals winning the tournament for the fifth time in a row with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Philippines warmed up late in the third quarter and kept their feet flat on the paddle halfway through the final frame to create a 76-36 edge that sealed the deal fairly for the defending champions.

Roger Pogba and Francis Lopez chipped nine in a scoring effort where each member of the squad was able to contribute.

A win for Parbasi later in the night set a virtual gold medal match between Indonesia and the Philippines, as they will both play a consistent 5-0 record on the court on Sunday.

Score:

Philippines (87) – Ravenna T. 17, Lopez 9, Pogoy 9, Go 8, Montalbo 6, Ravenna K. 6, Wright 6, Tunkab 6, Tautua 6, Rosario 5, Fazardo 5, Navarro 4.

Malaysia (44) – Lee 8, Wei 8, Queek 8, Ong 6, Tem 5, Liu WY4, Chang 3, Liu WQ2, Ong0, Kwan0.

QuarterScore: 19-10, 39-22. 68-33, 87-44.

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