RP WINS GAME 1 IN S.E. ASIA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Malaysia, April 23, 2000 - The Philippines scored a 76-65 victory Friday night at the start of the 3rd Southeast Asia Basketball Association Men's Championship at the Larkin Indoor Stadium.
The Philippine team Belle Corp.-Manila Metrostars, closed the first half with a 12-2 run, pushed ahead to 42-33, and dictated the tempo of the entire game.
Reinforcement Bobby Parks and birthday boy Rommel Adducul combined for 41 points and 17 rebounds, as the team readies to battle the Indonesians for the lead Saturday night.
The Indons bested the Singaporeans, 73-59, in the opener of the four-team tournament that will determine Seaba's representative to the Asian Basketball Confederation Champions Cup in Lebanon next month.
"The boys really wanted to win because it was Rommel's birthday. They played hard out there," said coach David Zamar, who's being assisted at the bench by Bong Ramos and Caesar Polhen.
Delegation head Tony Fabico said the Filipinos sent here by the Basketball Association of the Philippines and supported by Belle Corp. through Willy Ocier, can't take the Indons lightly based on their showing against the Singaporeans, who also paraded an American import.
Missing the services of five key players, including 1999 Metropolitan Basketball Association MVP Alex Compton, the Metrostars took in Parks to complete a 10-man roster tasked to defend the crown the Philippine team won in Manila last year.
Parks delivered 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Adducul celebrated his 24th birthday with 15 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and 1 block.
PHILIPPINES 76--Parks 26, Adducul 15, Serrano 14, Ang 9, Longalong 9, Garcia 3, Brines 0, Framo 0, De Guia 0, Co 0.
MALAYSIA 65--Davis 21, Ng JL 9, Toh 7, Satyaseelam 6, Ng TH 6, Don 6, John 5, Chang 3, Ong TH 2.
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