The stars of the Philippines Gilas Cadets opened the 2015 SEABA championship in stunning form, easefully dismantling the Indonesian National Team 92-36 in Singapore, Monday evening in the Philippines.
The first quarter opened to a massive display of firepower by the Philippine team. Former NU Bulldog, Bobby Ray Parks, nailed 10 points off the bench, while former De La Salle Green, Archer Almond Vosotros, had eight markers to lead the Gilas Cadets to a 26-7 romping in the first quarter. No one from the Indonesian side scored more than three points in the first quarter.
There was no change of pace in the second quarter, with the Indonesian held to only four more points in the first three minutes of the period. With the bench unit provided solid minutes, the lead would grow to forty around halfway through the quarter, 44-14. Excellent ball movement bolstered by reigning UAAP MVP, Kiefer Ravena, powered the Gilas Cadets to a 50-19 lead at the half. The Philippine side shot 58.1% percent from the field, while holding the Indonesians to a 30.8%. The lone bright spot on the Indonesians’ statsheet was Respati Ragil Pamungkas, who had five points in 11 minutes of action. Bobby Ray Parks, Almond Vosotros, Kiefer Ravena, and Arellano University standout, Jiovani Jalalon, combined for 23 of the Filipinos’ 50 points.
Indonesia’s Juan Kokodiputra enjoyed a hot start early in the third quarter, but could not ignite his team to their much needed run. A sparked Mac Belo, a resurgent Parks, and Vosotros led a late rally that extended the lead to the 40-point mark, 65-25 with around three minutes left on the clock. At the end of another dominant 10 minutes for the Cadets, the score was 71-29 in favor of the Philippines.
The Filipinos’ domination would only continue in the fourth quarter, with the lead hitting the 50-point mark with around six minutes left, 87-36. The Filipino reserves had no trouble holding the fort for the Gilas Cadets, leading to further misery for the Indonesians. The Gilas Cadets led by as many as 56 points before eventually walking away with the win.
Former two-time UAAP MVP, Bobby Ray Parks jr. led the Philippines with 15 points and 6 rebounds, all in 13 minutes of play. Almond Vosotros had 13 points off 42% 3-point shooting, while Ateneo Blue Eagle Kiefer Ravena had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Respati Regil Pamungkas led Indonesia with 12 points. The Filipinos shot 53.1% from the field while holding the Indonesians to 27. 5% shooting. The Gilas Cadets will be facing Laos tomorrow at 4pm.
Philippines (92)-Parks 15, Vosotros 13, Ravena 11, Jalalon 10, Khobuntin 8, Ferrer 7, Belo 7, Thompson 7, Escoto 4, Torres 3
Indonesia (36) – Pamungkas 12, Kokodiputra 9,Wardana 6, Sua 3, Gunawan 2, Aziz 2, Purnomo 2
Quarters: 26-7, 50-19, 71-29, 92-36