Gilas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia in SEAG gold medal game



HANOI — Indonesia pulled off a big upset in the men’s basketball final of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Sunday, toppling Gilas Pilipinas 85-81 in front of stunned fans at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium.

The Indonesians banked on a collective effort led by naturalized player Marques Bolden, Derrick Michael Xzavierro and Damar Abraham Gratiwa to win an unlikely gold medal and end the Philippines’ 33-year reign in men’s basketball.

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The last time the Philippines lost in an SEA Games basketball was in 1989, when an all-amateur team settled for the silver medal against host Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

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This all-professional Filipino side assembled by Chot Reyes played catch-up all afternoon and found themselves in dire straits after Bolden, playing only their second match of the tournament, scored on a backhand to give the Indonesia an 81-76 lead with 40.8 seconds. left.

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Matthew Wright made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to three. But after Gilas forced a turnover, Wright missed a contested shot allowing Grahita to complete the victory by scoring two free throws with 6.1 seconds left.

To put the magnitude of the loss in its proper perspective, the Philippines have won 13 successive basketball gold medals since 1991, except for the two times the sport was not played in 2005 in Manila. [when the Philippines’ basketball federation was suspended by Fiba] and 2009 in Laos.

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Wright led the fight for Gilas with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists, while June Mar Fajardo added 20 points and Thirdy Ravena 17 in what was easily one of Asia’s biggest upsets in basketball. South East.

Gilas, like in previous matches, struggled from behind the arc converting just three of his 16 shots from outside.

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Bolden had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Grahita had key shots throughout the game to finish with 17 points. Brandon Jawato had 11 points and Yeshe Goantara Agassi had 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three for the Indonesian team, which has Milos Pejic as head coach but with former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman on staff.

Chot Reyes after Gilas' loss to Indonesia.

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Scores:

Indonesia 85 – Bolden 18, Grahita 17, Xzavierro 14, Jawato 11, Agassi 11, Andakara 8, Juan 5, Yudha 1, Vincent 0, Wisnu 0.

Philippines 81 – Wright 23, Fajardo 20, T. Ravena 17, Rosario 12, K. Ravena 9, Montalbo 0, Tautuaa 0, Pogoy 0.

Quarters: 18-14; 36-32; 63-60; 85-81.

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