Ian Clark Bautista (Eugene Herrera/POC)

Three national boxers pulled off convincing wins for a late medal rush for Team Philippines but it was the shocker of the Gilas Pilipinas loss in the title match that gave a bitter ending to the country’s campaign in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Sunday, May 22, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Filipino dribblers could have made it a celebration as hostilities in the two-week sports fest drew to a close, but the PH team absorbed a stunning 85-81 loss to Indonesia to settle for silver in the men’s 5×5 basketball.

Pending late results, the Philippines is up for a neck-to-neck battle with Singapore for fourth place in the overall medal tally.

As of 5 p.m., the Filipinos have amassed 51 gold, 65 silver and 89 bronze medals while Singapore has 47 gold, 44 silver and 67 bronze medals.

The gold medals came courtesy of boxers Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista and Eumir Marcial, and the Gilas Pilipinas Women in 5×5 basketball.

Rogen Ladon punched his way to the gold medal in the men’s -52kg after a close 3-2 victory over Vietnam’s Tha Tran Van, while Bautista routed Myanmar’s Naing Latt, 5-0, to rule the men’s 57kg.

Eumir Marcial also pounced on Timor Leste’s Anzaqueci Delio Mouzhinho with a first-round stoppage to capture the 69kg class title.

Irish Magno could have made it 4-of-4 for the boxing team, but fell short against her Vietnamese foe.

Gilas Pilipinas Women, meanwhile, gave the country the gold medal despite absorbing a stinging 96-93 defeat from Malaysia.

The Filipina dribblers struggled to contain the Malaysians as they were denied of a sweep in the six-nation tournament by finishing with four wins and one loss.

Despite a victory from Indonesia (3-1) in its match against Singapore being played at presstime, the PH squad would still take home the gold due to the winner-over-the-other tiebreaker.

The Filipinas beat the Indonesians, 93-77, at the start of the tournament.

Janine Pontejos led the team’s scorers with 18 points and six rebounds, while Afril Bernardino had 16 points, seven boards and seven steals, but their efforts weren’t enough to keep the team’s slate clean.

Vietnam is expected to grab the overall championship after harvesting 181 golds, 107 silvers and 106 bronzes, while Thailand is at far second with 75 golds, 91 silvers and 122 bronzes, and Indonesia at third with 60 gold, 79 silver and 69 bronze medals.

The PH team relies on two esports teams as they compete for the gold at presstime.

Over in muay, world champion Phillip Delarmino fell short on his bid in the men’s combat -57kg, losing to Vietnam’s Doan Long Nguyen, 2-1, in the finals.

Meanwhile, Saturday night saw the national women’s football team bouncing back from a goal down to defeat Myanmar, 2-1, for its first bronze medal in 37 years.

Sarina Bolden and Quinley Quezada scored with less than 20 minutes left as the Philippines was able to make up for conceding a goal off a penalty in the first half and secure a podium finish before a big crowd at Cam Pha Stadium.

The muay team also delivered five bronze medals courtesy of Fritz Biagtan (men’s combat 60kg), Mauro Lumba (81kg), Ariel Lee Lampacan (57kg), Rudzma Abubakar (women’s 48kg) and April Joy La Madrid (60kg).

Darly John Mercado clinched the men’s -55kg silver in judo while, Ma. Jeanalane Lopez and Leah Lopez went home with one bronze each in the women’s 45kg and -48kg, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Philippine women’s volleyball team yielded to Indonesia, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, to finish fourth.

The spikers squandered an 18-12 lead and saw the Indonesians attacking them from all angles, racking up 10 straight points to gain the 22-18 upperhand.

A spike from Kat Tolentino briefly stopped the bleeding for the Filipina spikers, but the Indonesians turned to their rock-solid net defense.

Mylene Paat tried to salvage the Nationals with her kills, but the Indonesians were tough to crack as a down-the-line spike from their rivals sealed their fate.

With the victory, the Indonesians bagged the bronze medal.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/05/22/ph-boxers-win-3-golds-gilas-men-dethroned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ph-boxers-win-3-golds-gilas-men-dethroned)