Philippines defended their SEABA Cup title. They knocked down Thailand at SEABA Cup last round to clinch the top position. The victory also punched the ticket to Fiba Asia Championship in Tokyo for Philippines. Marcus Douthit (college: Providence) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Philippines jumped to an early lead and secured a 22:8 advantage at the first break. Philippines extended the margin in the second quarter. They accumulated a 26-point buffer at the interval 41:15. Thailand and Philippines traded baskets in the third quarter as the visitors stayed in charge. The hosts narrowed the gap at 17-point mark midway through the final quarter but Philippines bounced back late in the game sealing a comfortable win at the end. Chico Lanete (183-G-79) delivered 12 points for Philippines. Christopher Tiu (178-PG-85) had 11 points for the winners. Wutipong Dasom answered with 16 points for Thailand. Sukhdavb Ghogar netted 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
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