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Gilas clips Malaysia to move closer to SEAG men's 5x5 hoops gold

Thirdy Ravena took over for Gilas against Malaysia. PSC-POC Pool (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Gilas Pilipinas' men's basketball team is on track too of scoring its own sweep in the Southeast Asian Games men's 5x5 basketball event by clobbering Malaysia, 87-44, on Saturday at the Thanh Tri District Sporting Hall in Hanoi.

Right after Gilas' women's team scored its own blowout against Singapore, the men's team quickly went to work and dominated its Malaysian opponent from start to finish.

Thirdy Ravena scored 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals to lead Gilas, now 5-0 in the men's 5x5 basketball event.

RR Pogoy and LeBron Lopez each added nine points.

Gilas can complete its title defense with a win against Indonesia on Sunday.

Indonesia could set up an all-undefeated team battle for the gold if they beat Vietnam later Saturday.

Wee Yong Gan, Kuek Tian Yuan, and Lee Jia Run each made eight points for Malaysia.

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