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Harimau Malaysia takes down MFT by 49 to open AsiaBasket campaign

Wong Yi Hou set up Harimau Malaysia's 49-point blowout against MFT with a 31-point blast. AsiaBasket
By Dugout Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR—Harimau Malaysia delivered the biggest result of Day 2 of the AsiaBasket International Championship after giving MFT a 115-66 beating on Tuesday night at the MABA Stadium here.

In what seemed like a statement sent, Malaysia’s national team quickly repulsed MFT’s 6-0 start and behind a 13-0 run within the last five minutes of the first quarter to assert control of the game.

Harimau Malaysia even led by as much as 52 points, 111-59, with 3:23 left in the fourth quarter before settling for the 49-point win.

Wong Yi Hou led the Nationals with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting, four rebounds, and four steals.

Heng Yee Tong added 16 points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal, while Kuek Tian Yuan had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Francis Abarcar made 16 points, three rebounds, and one assist, while Marlon Monte chipped in 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Fruitmasters.

Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde and San Beda-Machateam began their NCAA build-up on a high note after walloping teams made up of Filipino pros.

CSB whipped Sanzar Pharmaceuticals, 93-80, to open the day.

CSB pulled away from Sanzar within the last nine minutes of the first quarter even as the collegiate squad eventually opened a lead as high as 25 points, 69-44, midway through the third quarter.

Sanzar was able to trim the lead down in the fourth period, but that was when the outcome had already been settled.

Miggy Corteza led CSB with 16 points, two rebounds, and two assists, while Alaine Cajucom added 14 points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

Prince Carlos tallied 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Migs Oczon had 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists as a substitute.

After erupting for 33 points on Sunday night against Shawarma Shack Pilipinas, Shaq Alanes cooled down a bit as he was held to 4-of-15 field goals, although he still led Sanzar, now down to 0-2 in Group A, in scoring with 20 points behind 12-of-14 free throws.

Jeremiah Taladua had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds with three assists and one steal, while Angelo Obuyes also made 16 markers with eight boards, two dimes, and one interception.

The Red Lions, also began their AsiaBasket stint on a high note with a 105-82 blowout win against the BGC Builders.

The Machateam-backed San Beda squad turned things around in the second half as BGC’s Tosh Sessay and Mark Doligon could not sustain their brilliance in the first half.

Behind Sesay’s monstrous performance in the first 20 minutes and with ample help from Doligon in the second quarter, the Builders kept in step with the Red Lions’ run-and-gun game as both teams entered halftime tied at 46-all.

San Beda-Machateam, however, sizzled in the second half, outscoring BGC, 59-36, to pul away for good.

Gab Cometa led the Red Lions with 21 points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal off the bench.

Jacob Cortez, the son of former PBA star Mike, added 19 points, three rebounds, four assists, and five steals.

Clifford Jopia contributed 12 points, four rebounds, and one block, while Pete Alfaro went for 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Sessay led the Builders with 23 points, going 10-for-13 from the field, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

Doligon put up 17 points and one rebound, while Christian Buñag had 14 markers on 6-of-7 from the field, nine boards, one block, and one steal.

In the only game in the quadruple-header that went down the wire, MBC escaped after KL’s comeback bid fell short.

KL had control of the game in the first quarter after the team led, 20-15, at the end of the period.

MBC, however, held them to only 17 points in the second quarter while dropping 30 in the third to open a 66-59 lead entering the fourth.

MBC had a chance to pull away after opening a 71-61 lead with 6:18 to play, but KL rallied back and cut the lead to only two, 85-83, with 5.1 seconds left.

Yek Liang Chuan failed to ice the game for MBC as he missed two crucial free throws on the other end, but Jalen Robinson failed to even pass the ball to a KL teammate in time as the final buzzer sounded.

William Vedder Freeman led MBC, now 2-0 in Group B standings, with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and one steal, while Wutipong Dasom added 15 points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Tychique Bosango led MBC’s bench mob with 11 markers, seven boards, two dimes, one steal, and one block.

Robinson made 29 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, while Joshua Gan added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals for KL.

Box Scores:

First Game

CSB 93 – Corteza 16, Cajucom 14, Carlos 13, Oczon 10, Turco 9, Mara 9, Sumabat 6, Nayve 5, Marasigan 5, Sangco 4, Marcos 2, Serrano 0

Sanzar 80 – Alanes 20, Taladua 16, Obuyes 16, Gican 11, Madera 8, Kawamura 4, Dimas 4, Moradas 1, Lanzar 0, Maurillo 0, Almadan 0, McGill 0 

Quarterscores: 26-18, 54-38, 81-58, 93-80 

Second Game

San Beda-Machateam 105 – Cometa 21, Cortez 19, Jopia, 12, Alfaro 11, Cuntapay 9, Tagle 9, Gallego 8, Puno 6, Visser 4, Valbuena 4, Andrada 2, Payosing 0

BGC Builders 82 – Sessay 23, Doligon 17, Buñag 14, Cabahug 11, Cawaling 7, Gozum 4, Ceñal 4, Jumao-As 2, Moraga 0, Rodriguez 0, Gonzales 0, Huntley 0

Quarterscores: 27-24, 46-46, 77-65, 105-82

Third Game

Harimau Malaysia 115 – Y. Wong 31, Heng 16, Kuek 15, Ooi 11, Mahadevan 9, Lee 8, Ting 7, J. Wong 5, Dee 4, Liew 4, Teo 3, Ong 2

MFT 66 – Abarcar 16, Monte 12, Mag-isa 9, Montserrat 7, Cabeguin 7, Cervantes 6, Papa 5, San 4, Villablanca 0, Castellano 0, Semacio 0

Quarterscores: 26-14, 57-30, 91-48, 115-66

Fourth Game

MBC 85 – Vedder Freeman 27, Dasom 15, Bosango 11, Ja. Lee 9, Yek 8, Lai 6, JJ Lee 4, Leong 3, Lim 2, Chong 0, Yap 0

­­Kuala Lumpur 83 – Robinson 29, Gan 14, Yap 9, W. Tan 9, Sangalang 9, Wee 7, G. Tan 6, Soong 0

Quarterscores: 15-20, 36-37, 66-59, 85-83

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