MANILA, Philippines - Sinag Pilipinas opened its gold medal campaign in the Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament with a 127-68 demolition of Cambodia Monday afternoon in Indonesia.
Seven Filipino players scored in double figures, led by Kiefer Ravena who had 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting.
RR Garcia (16 points), Garvo Lanete, (15 points) Nico Salva, (14 points) Dave Marcelo (12 points), Chris Ellis (12 points) and Bobby Ray Parks (10 points) also had double-digit outputs.
Sinag Pilipinas pulled away from Cambodia early in the first period, when they unleashed a 12-0 run to turn a 13-all deadlock to a 25-13 lead.
Cambodia could not recover from that run, and the Philippines posted leads of as much as 59 points and ran away with the victory.
Most of the Filipinos' points came from inside the paint, where they made 74 points. They outworked the Cambodians on the boards, 44-24, and shared the ball better, tallying 26 assists to only 8 from Cambodia.
Although the team had only trained together for less than a month, they showed chemistry in their running game, translating Cambodia's 19 turnovers into 21 points.
They also tallied 12 fast-break points, with Ravena, Parks and Garcia doing much of their damage in transition.
Ravena, the UAAP Season 74 Rookie of the Year, punctuated Sinag's win with a breakaway dunk in the middle of the 3rd period, which was part of an 7-0 run that pushed the Philippines' lead to 32, 78-46.
Sinag Pilipinas is hoping to duplicate the feat achieved by the Gabe Norwood-led Philippine team in the 2007 SEA Games, which romped its way to the gold medal.
PH (127) - Ravena 17, Garcia 16, Lanete 15, Salva 14, Ellis 12, Marcelo 12, Parks 10, Tiu 9, Hodge 9, Pascual 6, Slaughter 5, Monfort 2
Cambodia (68) - Pek 24, Sophoeun 24, Boroth 15, Kim 3, Monh 2, Sovann 0, Meas 0, Kim 0, Lov 0, Therro 0, Chom 0