THE Philippines' men's basketball team opened its title-retention bid on a high note, thrashing Indonesia, 81-52, Wednesday in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

Sinag Pilipinas, mainly composed of the country's top collegiate players, took an easy 12-0 blast in the first eight minutes.

The Philippines ended the quarter with 10-point lead, 14-4. It went up by a point at the half, 35-24.

Sinag Pilipinas naturalized center Marcus Douthit rested for a few minutes in the third after taking a hard fall in the middle of the third quarter.

Scottie Thompson was also held off the court after taking a hit when players from the Philippines and Indonesia scuffled in one play.

But the Filipinos were still able to pull the game away as they posted a 32-point bubble in the final quarter.

Ateneo de Manila standout Kiefer Ravena led Sinag Pilipinas with 16 points and two rebounds, while Oki Wira Sanjaya had nine points and two rebounds for Indonesia.

The Filipinos will go for 2-0 in Group A when they face Malaysia on Thursday. (Nicko Tubo/Sunnex)