SEA Games: Bronze after 34-year drought for S'pore men's basketball team

Singapore's basketballers in action against Myanmar at the SEA Games. Singapore are assured of their first SEA Games medal in men's basketball since earning bronze in the 1979 Jakarta Games. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singapore's basketballers in action against Myanmar at the SEA Games. Singapore are assured of their first SEA Games medal in men's basketball since earning bronze in the 1979 Jakarta Games. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singapore are assured of their first SEA Games medal in men's basketball since earning bronze in the 1979 Jakarta Games.

That 34-year wait ended when they thrashed hosts Myanmar 89-52 in their final round-robin game at the Zayyathiri Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Despite beginning the competition with two losses to Thailand and the Philippines, they won all of their remaining four games to earn their place among the top three of the region.

The team would have to wait until Thailand meet Myanmar in their final round-robin game on Monday to see if their bronze and turn to silver. For that to happen, last-placed Myanmar must somehow overcome the Thais.