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Gilas Pilipinas still Kings of Southeast Asian basketball

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Gilas Pilipinas completed a sweep of the 2019 SEA Games men’s basketball tournament by manhandling Thailand, 115-81, Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena to cop the gold medal for the Philippines.

A spirited Thailand squad gave Gilas a tough first half, trailing the hosts with just 9 points going into the third frame

Unfortunately for them, Gilas eventually decided to up the ante and deliver a 40-point third-quarter storm to open the game wide open.

June Mar Fajardo unloaded 9 of his 17 points in the third period where the Filipinos broke away for good with a quick 10-0 spurt for a 58-39 lead with 7:27 remaining.

Chris Ross also starred in the third frame, setting up the Gilas gunners LA Tenorio, Matthew Wright, and Marcio Lassiter for three-point bombs that highlighted the 40-point third-quarter storm.

Fajardo also added 13 rebounds as he played in perfect harmony with Christian Standhardinger, who led the Philippines with a double-double of his own with his 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Gilas’ victory gave the Philippines’ 18th men’s basketball title.