Vietnam took care of Indonesia, 86-71, to secure their first ever medal in the basketball tournament of the Southeast Asian Games.
Both teams started the game slow, but Vietnam’s Khoa Tran made a deep three to take a four-point lead early in the game. The Indonesians started to play more aggressive to take back a 19-17 lead at the end of first quarter.
As the game progressed, the Vietnamese squad found their tempo and turned the game into their desired pace. A putback from swingman Tam Dinh gave his squad a 41-34 lead at half time.
Tran continued his hot form at the beginning of third quarter, scoring and feeding for the Vietnam national team. Dinh and teammate Justin Young’s perimeter shots allowed Vietnam to end the third quarter strong ahead, 67-54, their biggest lead of the game at that point.
Indonesian facilitator Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa’s personal 5-0 run helped cut their deficit down to seven points, at the seven minutes mark of fourth quarter. However, back-to-back long bombs from Dierker killed Indonesia’s momentum.
Tran finished the game with 21 points and three steals for Vietnam, while other four teammates scored in double-figure as well. Defensive anchor Justin Young had double-double performance, added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Indonesia was led by Laurentius Steven Oei’s 17 points and 10 boards. Abraham Damar Grahita and Andakara Prastawa added 16 points each. However, committing 19 turnovers contributed in Indonesia falling behind in the game.
With the win, Vietnam brings home a historic first medal in the basketball event, after winning the bronze medal in 3X3 competition just a couple of days ago.
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