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 NEWS 18/09/2001
Philippines retain basketball crown

Philippines retain basketball crown

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 17 - Although the Philippines never won the overall championship of the South East Asia (SEA) Games, no one will doubt their supremacy in the basketball event.

They were the masters of basketball for 12 years running since 1977 only to suffer a hiccup when they lost to the Malaysians cagers in 1989.

The Philippines immediately bounced back to secure the title in 1991 and vowed never to slip up again.

Last Sunday, they proved once again that they were streets ahead of the rest when they bagged the gold after strolling past five opponents.

However, commenting on the match with Malaysia, Philippines coach David Zamar admitted that he was a bit worried of a repetition of the 1989 debacle.

After all, he said, Malaysians team had the obvious home advantage as they did in 1989.

"However, my players put a fantastic performance. Now we have proved once again that we are the supreme team in basketball of the South East Asia," he said.

The Indonesian team who bagged the silver medal have also displayed impressive passing and shooting skills indicating they will be a force to be reckoned in 2003.

However, the Thais who were the silver medallists at the Brunei Games finished empty-handed as they lost three of the five matches.

In the women's event, defending champions Malaysia bagged the SEA Games gold after edging Thailand 71-70 in a closely-fought grudge match.

Despair again for the Thais, who were denied the gold by Malaysia at the Jakarta Games in 1997. (Women's basketball was not included in the 1999 Games in Brunei).

Malaysian coach Tan See Wah said he was impressed by the performance of his charges as they have showed resilience and determination to win the gold.

"Now I sincerely hope the players can continue with their strong run in the Asian Basketball Championship (ABC) next month," he added.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) secretary-general Datuk Yeoh Choo Hock told Bernama that he felt sorry for the hundreds of fans who had turned up for the final matches, only to be told that the tickets had been sold out.

He said, he was informed that the SEA Games Secretariat had sold tickets of the final via the Internet.

"I felt sorry for them. I think it's only fair for those who came to the stadium to get the tickets, but it did not happen that way," he said.

Later a 43" television screen was put outside the hall for those who could not get the tickets.

 
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