The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Indonesia at 8:15 P.M. on August 26, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Gilas Pilipinas has returned to the biggest stage of the Southeast Asian Games Basketball stage and it’s on its way for another gold medal.
However, team Indonesia is again in the opposing end and thinking the same thing, bringing home the the best award of the tournament and became the best in Southeast Asia.
The clash of Gilas Pilipinas and team Indonesia will mark as the Finals rematch of the 2015 SEA Games which was held in Singapore.
If we also include their last meeting in Manila or during the 2017 SEABA Championship, it’s also considered another Finals match.
So it’s safe to say that in the past two Southeast Asian basketball meetings, these two squads are the best.
Luckily for Gilas Pilipinas, they always and remains the “King” of SEA Basketball. At present, Philippines owns the last eleven basketball gold medals of Southeast Asian Games (Basketball).
In this year’s semi-finals edition, Philippines meets Singapore while in another bracket it was Thailand versus Indonesia.
Gilas Pilipinas had a hard time shaking-off team Singapore probably because of their opponent’s defense or was impatient and looking to score immediately.
The Filipino squad’s biggest margin was at 15 points but Singapore always found ways how to cut it and put the game close.
The entire Gilas players shoots very poor from the three-point area where they only converted three buckets in twenty-two attempts.
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It was so similar during the Gilas match against South Korea in 2017 William Jones Cup. In that Taiwan-based basketball tournament, the Nationals shoots a horrible 1-of-26 from rainbow territory.
Despite of those unacceptable shooting percentage, still Gilas able to pull the win and once again will be part of this year’s podium finisher.
Christian Standhardinger and Troy Rosario delivered a double-double performance for coach Jong Uichico squad. Standhardinger registered 13 points and 11 rebounds while Rosario added 14 points and 10 boards.
Team Indonesia on the other hand survived a thrilling game against Thailand in their semi-finals bracket.
Indonesia led as much as 10 points in the second half and appeared that they already controlled the game. However, Thailand made a surge and took the lead 61-60 in the fourth quarter.
After that, the game bounced back and forth as both teams answering basket after baskets. In the end, the heroics of Arki Dikania Wisnu with less than a minute in the game puts Indonesia in the breathing room.