Team Singapore

S'pore miss out on basketball final, Indonesia to meet Philippines

SINGAPORE 74

INDONESIA 87

Singapore's men's basketball team failed to reach their first SEA Games final when they were beaten 87-74 by Indonesia in the semi-finals at the OCBC Arena last night.

After getting off to a fast start, the Indonesians led at every break and deservedly sealed their berth in the final, where they will meet 16-time champions the Philippines today.

Andrie Ekayana led the way for Indonesia with 16 points, while Mario Wuysang was a constant threat throughout, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three asissts.

For the hosts, Larry Liew stood out with 16 points, but point guard Wong Wei Long was unable to assert his usual influence despite a spirited effort.

"We didn't start off well and, after that, we just weren't able to catch up with them," lamented Singapore coach Neo Beng Siang.

"We weren't disciplined and didn't play as a team, and I'm pretty disappointed in this area.

"Indonesia deserved the win… They were aggressive and hungry from the start and played like there was no tomorrow.

"It will be tough after such a loss, but we must pick ourselves up for the next match, as we'll be looking to retain our bronze medal against Thailand."

Meanwhile, Indonesia coach Fictor Roring hopes his charges can follow the example of Thailand, who produced a valiant display in their 80-75 semi-final loss to the Filipinos earlier yesterday.

"We're happy to be in the final, but it's not yet finished," he told the New Paper.

"We came here for one reason and that is to achieve our dream of winning gold.

"Today, the Thais gave us inspiration… If they can match it with Philippines, why can't we?"

- GABRIEL TAN

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