Philippines Bid To Extend SEA Games Basketball Reign

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Updated December 10, 2019


The Philippines men’s basketball team will shoot for their 13th consecutive title when they take on Thailand in the last full day of action at the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday.

A home crowd at the MOA Arena will be expecting their team to add to the Philippines’ 140 gold medals — already their best ever — and improve on the team’s run of 17 wins in 19 basketball events since 1977.

Tuesday is the last major day of competition at the SEA Games which has seen thousands of athletes from 11 countries compete in a record 56 sports in venues across Clark, Manila and Subic.

After a rocky start with organisational gaffes, a presidential apology and deadly Typhoon Kammuri forcing cancellations, the biggest-ever SEA Games is close to the finish line, with just beach handball and the closing ceremony taking place on Wednesday.

Indonesia take on Vietnam at Manila’s Rizal Memorial Stadium for the men’s football title on Tuesday night, and the host nation also face Indonesia in the men’s volleyball final.

In the final night of athletics at the new, 20,000-seat stadium in New Clark City, golds will be decided in several events including women’s shot put, men’s triple jump, decathlon and 4x400m relays.

eSports, which is being contested for the first time at an Olympic-recognised multi-sport competition, will crown champions in Starcraft II and Tekken 7.

Earlier, it was a one-two for Vietnam in the men’s open water 10km swimming event in Subic, as Tran Tan Trieu beat Nguyen Huy Hoang by two minutes in a time of 1hr 53 mins 31 secs.