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26/06/2011
PHI/INA - Philippines retain SEABA title in style
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (9th SEABA Championship / 26th FIBA Asia Championship): Favorites Philippines scored the first 11 points of the game and had nothing to worry thereafter as they cruised along to an 89-50 win in the Final of the 9th SEABA Championship against Indonesia on Sunday.

Mark Barocca’s 17 points was the highest for the Philippines, but then that was only on top of an all-round attack.

Marcus Douthit had 16 pointsand Chris Tiu 13 points, both also pulling down 7 rebounds each.

“We again came out strong and hardly gave them a chance to make a run,” said Philippines coach Rajko Toroman.

“We shot bad in the second quarter but we didn’t let them score for more than seven minutes in the third.”

“It was the same story: We stopped their penetrations while playing aggressive in offense,” said Toroman.

Rony Gunawan had 14 points to lead Indonesia, who never recovered from that early Philippine assault.

Indonesia, however – along with Philippines and Malaysia – had already qualified for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.

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