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Like their 'kuyas,' young Gilas team respected Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR — One of the most memorable contests in the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship in Manila was the Philippines' 147-40 demolition of Myanmar in their first game of the tournament.

In that game at Araneta Coliseum, a full-strength Gilas Pilipinas squad featuring naturalized center Andray Blatche raced out to a 17-0 lead and cruised comfortably to victory. Later, coach Chot Reyes maintained that the Filipinos showed their respect for Myanmar by not taking them lightly and still playing at a high level.

Ray Parks Jr. and Gilas Pilipinas took care of business against Myanmar on Tuesday to go 2-0 in the SEA Games. PSC/POC Pool
Three months later, a younger Gilas team faced off against the same Myanmar squad, and gave the Burmese players the same measure of respect.

Behind a breakout performance by Kobe Paras, the Philippines routed Myanmar, 129-34, in their second game of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

"(Our mindset was) just to respect the opponent, respect the game, work hard, do the right things, and get good habits," said Gilas coach Jong Uichico after the contest, which saw his team lead by as many as 97 points late in the fourth quarter.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/22/17/sea-games-like-their-kuyas-young-gilas-team-respected-myanmar

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