The Philippines used a dominant second half to blow out Vietnam, 110-69, at the basketball tournament of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Khoa Tran and Chris Dierker scored the bulk of Vietnam’s points in the opening period to keep them within striking distance of the Philippines, but they also had little answer for June Mar Fajardo, who already had 11 points at the end of the first quarter.
The Philippines built their first double-digit lead at the 5:35 mark of the second quarter after LA Tenorio hit a wide-open three from the elbow. The veteran guard played a perfect quarter to help give the hosts a 52-40 lead going into the half.
Immediately springing a 10-0 barrage right out of the half, the hosts continue to go downhill as the lead snowballed to as much as 44 points in the final period. Vietnam completely collapsed in the second half as they struggled against the Filipino bigs, who had outscored them in the shaded area by 38.
June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable as he finished with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds in just a little over 15 minutes of play. Meanwhile, LA Tenorio and Vic Manuel each added 14 points off the bench.
Chris Dierker led all scorers in the game with 28 points to go with eight boards, four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot, while Justin Young added 13 markers in the loss.
Gilas Pilipinas moves up to 2-0, while Vietnam falls to second place with a 2-1 record. Both teams advance to the knockout semifinal round after the finishing as the top two placers in their group.
The Philippine National Team will look to keep their unblemished record going into the playoff round when they face Myanmar on December 7 (20:00 GMT+8), at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
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