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Gilas Cadets drub Singapore, take second straight win in SEABA Stanković Cup

PBA (file photo)
By Julian Reyes

BANGKOK--The Gilas Pilipinas Cadets continued to flex their muscle in the 2016 SEABA Stanković Cup as they stormed past Singapore, 81-59, to claim its second win in the tournament at Stadium 29, Tuesday.

The Philippines leaned on a balanced attack on both ends of the floor to remain unblemished and force a two-way tie with host Thailand on top of the standings.

Jiovani Jalalon led the Filipinos with 17 points, eight in the final quarter, and four rebounds, while Almond Vosotros added 14 points and two boards.

Mike Tolomia got it done again on offense, after an impressive showing in the team's first game, as he tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Raymar Jose and team captain Troy Rosario hauled nine boards apiece to match Singapore's frontline duo.

Rosario did not attempted a shot until the dying seconds of the second quarter but dished out four assists. Kok-Chiang Goh finished with 17 points, four boards and three assists while Jing-Lun Ng recorded 12 points and four rebounds to lead the Singaporeans who opened their campaign in the tournament with a 22-point rout of Indonesia on Monday.

Shengyu Lim, who came from a 24 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals performance in the previous game, was hot in the first half but held scoreless in the second half to tally only nine points and four rebounds.

The Philippines will try to get its third win in the five-nation tournament when it battles the listless Indonesia, who plays Malaysia as of press time, on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Singapore, on the other hand, goes up against Thailand in the main game later Wednesday.

Coming off a 24-point demolition against Malaysia in its debut game, the Philippines showed its offensive firepower early in the game, connecting six triples in the first half to lead Singapore, 41-29.

Despite going down by as much 17 points in the first 20 minutes of action, the Singapore did not easily gave up and cut the Filipinos lead to only six, 37-43, after a 7-0 run by Ng at the start of the third quarter.

But the Philippines proved to be too much to handle as it quickly negated Singapore's quick run with consecutive Tolomia's points conversion in the latter part of third frame to take an 18-point lead heading into the fourth, 59-41.

Singapore trimmed the lead back to single digit, 50-59, after a 9-0 burst in the first three minutes of final canto before Jalalon took the matters into his hands and delivered big shots for the Philippines to seal the deal.

The Philippines dominated Singapore in almost all the cylinder, outrebounding the latter by 20, 46-26, and making more points in the paint, 38-24.

Box Scores:

Philippines 81-Jalalon 17, Vosotros 14, Tolomia 12, Jose 8, Pogoy 6, Escoto 5, Belo 5, Rosario 4, Holmqvist 4, Ferrer 3, Pessumal 3, Tibayan 0

Singapore 59-Goh 17, Ng 12, Kwek 9, S. Lim 9, Toh 4, Tan 2, Chia 2, T. Lim 2, Tay 2, Low 0

Quarterscores: 27-14, 41-29, 59-41, 81-59

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