There is no doubt that the Philippines is the strongest team when it comes to basketball in the ASEAN region. In fact, its second place finish in the FIBA Asia that qualified Gilas Pilipinas to the FIBA World Cup in Spain next year is a testament that, indeed, in this side of the world the Filipinos reign supreme in hoops.
The SEA Games national team, Sinag Pilipinas, bannered by naturalized Marcus Douthit and composed mainly of UAAP stalwarts--Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of NU Bulldogs, Kiefer Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Rey Mark Belo of the FEU Tamaraws, Kevin Ferrer of the UST Tigers, Roi Sumang of the UE Warriors and Jericho Cruz of the Adamson Falcons–proved strongest when it demolished the other teams one after another unscathed.
The other players were Kevin Alas (team captain), Matt Ganuelas, Garvo Lanete, Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual. The coaching staff was composed of head coach Jong Uichico with Nash Racela, Josh Reyes and Allan Gregorio as assistant coaches.
Here’s what happened to the games played by Sinag Pilipinas (to get to the link press Ctrl then right click highlighted lines):
Sinag Pilipinas Record: 6-0
Game 3: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Myanmar, 118-43
Top Scorer: Ronald Pascual with 20 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Myanmar
Game 4: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Thailand, 100-68
Top Scorer: Kevin Ferrer with 23 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Thailand
The women’s basketball team, Perlas Pilipinas, placed second to Thailand.
Archand Christian Bagsit exults in victory past Thai runner to win gold for the relay team
For the medals haul, team Philippines came short of one gold from the projected 30 gold medals by the Philippine Olympic Committee as several games where the country comes strong were scrapped. Some games only Myanmar is familiar with had been added instead.
This year also is the worst placement of the Philippines in the biennial meet at 7th after city-state Singapore which hauled a total of 34 golds.
Once in 2005, when the SEA Games were held in Manila, the Philippines topped the meet with a haul of 113 golds, pulling away from Thailand with 87 and Vietnam with 77. It placed second to Indonesia twice, in 1983 and 1991 (2 golds short to Indonesia‘s 92 when it was held in Manila).
FEU Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid wins 20th gold medal for the Philippines
Filipinos also became third overall six times–when the country debuted in 1977 held in Malaysia, 1981 held in Manila, 1985 held in Bangkok, Thailand, 1987 held in Malaysia, 1993 held in Singapore and in 1995 held in Chang Mai, Thailand.
From there, the Philippines slipped down in the rankings with Vietnam becoming a powerhouse and tiny Singapore placing even better.
Formerly ruled by a military regime, Myanmar showed it can host the biennial meet as the 12-day sporting event opened on December 11 and closed in a cacophony of noise and magnificent display of lights on December 22.
This was the very first time after 44 years of almost seclusion that Myanmar had a celebration this big and for sure the Burmese people will never forget this day.
The next SEA Games to be held in Singapore in 2015 hopefully will be better for the Filipinos. Bowling is one game that Filipinos excel in and for sure Singapore will include that as Singaporeans also excel in the game.
The 28th SEA Games website is http://www.seagames2015.com.