Southeast Asian Games 2019 Semi-Finals: Gilas Pilipinas, Thailand Advance

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - DECEMBER 07: Christian Karl Standhardinger #34 of the Philippines handles the ball against Phu Dwe Star #99 of Myanmar during the 5x5 Men's Basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena during day 7 of the Southeast Asian Games on December 07, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Annice Lyn/Getty Images)
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Gilas Pilipinas will take on Thailand in the gold medal match of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after they progressed through their respective semi-finals on Monday.

Gilas beat Indonesia 97-70 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, the Philippines, after Thailand had overcome Vietnam 101-95.

The hosts wasted no time in taking an early 7-0 lead over Indonesia. Christian Standhardinger scored after an alley-oop dunk from Japeth Paul Aguilar and a Stanley Pringle shot from beyond the arc.

Indonesia responded with three triples in a row, but they still found themselves 24-20 down by the end of the first quarter.

Standhardinger had enjoyed a strong start to the game:

ESPN5 @Sports5PH

.@cstandhardinger with already 10 points, one rebound, and one steal after 10 minutes of action! 📺 @TV5manila 💻 https://t.co/jrYT5EqLrj #SamaSamaSaSEAGames #SEAGames2019 #WeWinAsOne https://t.co/7bs6asJPoH

A lower-scoring second quarter saw Gilas Pilipinas extend their lead to 39-28.

Sports writer Richard Dy and ESPN5 gave some insight into how the two teams had performed by the interval:

Richard Dy @richava

The usual Gilas gunners are silent in the first half- Pringle and Wright only have 3 pts each while Lassiter only attempted once, which he missed. @cstandhardinger is the lone double-figure scorer in the first half for @gilasarmy with 10 points

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Halftime statistics between Gilas and Indonesia! 📺 @TV5manila 💻 https://t.co/jrYT5EqLrj #SamaSamaSaSEAGames #SEAGames2019 #WeWinAsOne https://t.co/BDYDDsp7pL

Gilas pulled away in the third quarter as they piled another 39 points on to the scoreboard.

Christopher Ross, Matthew Wright and Marcio Lassiter helped them along the way with several triples:

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Catch-and-shoot LASSITRES! 💦 #SamaSamaSaSEAGames #SEAGames2019 #WeWinAsOne https://t.co/r3E51e3iUT

Indonesia managed to outscore Gilas in the final quarter as the hosts eased off, but they were only able to reduce the deficit by six points.

In the earlier semi-final, Thailand had come from behind after Vietnam took a narrow 31-28 lead in the first quarter.

Thailand were 53-52 in front by half-time, though, and they extended their lead to six points over the course of two tight quarters in the second half.

The final between the Philippines and Thailand will take place on Tuesday, as will the third-place play-off between Vietnam and Indonesia.