Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Justin Brownlee scored 34 points to lift Gilas Pilipinas to a convincing 84-76 win over Indonesia on Monday and into the gold medal match of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball tournament at the Morodok Techo Elephant Hall 2.
Brownlee made back-to-back threes in a 14-0 run to turn a 74-70 deficit into an 84-74 lead as Gilas Pilipinas came from behind to oust the defending champions.
Gilas will battle for the gold medal match against Cambodia, which beat Thailand, 76-66, in the other semifinal pairing.
“Credit to the players for sticking with it. They didn’t give up. Indonesia is a hell of a team. They are a real team. They know each other very well. But the tribute goes to the guys for their grit and not giving up,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes.