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Gilas topples Vietnam to notch 2nd SEAG win


The dominance continues for Gilas.

Gilas Pilipinas simply gave Vietnam a 110-69 beating in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

This game proved to be an interesting matchup between Philippines’ all-PBA cagers and Vietnam’s handful of Viet-American players.

Unlike Gilas’ previous 110-58 blowout against, the first half was not exactly a walk in the park for the national team, as it took them a while before creating a double-digit separation to end the first half, 52-40.

Pilipinas then bruised a 10-0 run to begin the third canto, 62-40, and never looked back the moment Junemar Fajardo took over the game.

From then on, Gilas proved to be too much for Vietnam — despite the latter winning their first two outings in the tournament.

The 6-foot-11 Fajardo willed Team Pilipinas with 23 points and 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action, proving that he is the 5-time PBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

LA Tenorio and Vic Manuel had 14 points apiece, while Troy Rosario contributed 12 markers.

Meanwhile, Chris Dierker sparked Vietnam with game-high 28 points.

Box Scores:

PHILIPPINES 110 — Fajardo 23, Tenorio 14, Manuel 14, Rosario 12, Pringle 11, Slaughter 10, Wright 7, Lassiter 6, Aguilar 6, Ravena 5, Ross 1, Standhardinger 1.

VIETNAM 69 — Dierker 28, Young 13, Tran 7, Le 6, T. Dinh 5, H. Nguyen 4, S. Dinh 3, Vo 2, Du 1, T. Nguyen 0, S. Nguyen 0.

Quarter Scores: 27-19, 52-40, 80-57, 110-69.