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Five thoughts on Gilas’ 43-point blowout of Malaysia ahead of Southeast Asian Games decider

Gilas Pilipinas are just one win away from adding another men’s 5×5 basketball gold medal to the Philippines’ treasure chest after a one-sided 87-44 thrashing of a weary Malaysia side in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi.

All that’s standing between Gilas and a record 19th SEA Games gold are Indonesia, who are also undefeated heading into their clash with hosts Vietnam on Saturday night.

Regardless of the result of that game, Indonesia can still capture the gold with a win over Gilas due to the winner-over-the-other rule in case of a tie, since both sides would finish the tournament with identical 5-1 records.

Here are some five quick thoughts on the win and what to expect from Indonesia:

1. The schedule favored Gilas

Poor Malaysia had only about 15 hours between their loss to Vietnam on Friday night and tip-off of their game against Gilas. That’s barely enough time to rest and…




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