Batang Gilas falls to France by 41 points

JR Isaga
Batang Gilas falls to France by 41 points
The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its second loss in two days in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Although Batang Gilas gave a good fight early, the Philippine basketball youth team again bowed down to a much superior France squad, 95-54, at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup in Rosario, Argentina on Monday morning, July 2 (Manila time).

Carl Tamayo drew an and-one to start the second quarter and gave Gilas its first lead of the World Cup, 20-17, before 7-foot-1 star Kai Sotto split his two free throws in the next possession to make it 21-17.

However, turnovers again hounded the Filipino side which translated to a 15-3 French run, 32-23, that ended with dunk from 6-foot-6 shooting guard Malcolm Cazalon as France held on all the way.

Tamayo turned up to be the bright spot for the floundering Batang Gilas squad, finishing with a team-high double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

His National University (NU) Bullpups teammate Gerry Abadiano woke up in this game and chipped in 17 points of his own.

Sotto – who dropped 23 points and 12 rebounds in the Philippines’ 97-75 opening loss to Croatia a day earlier – was limited to 7 points and 6 boards before fouling out with 6:31 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

France grabbed the Group D lead with a 2-0 record as the Philippines absorbed its second straight loss.

While Batang Gilas managed to compose themselves and end the first half just down 6, 32-38, they never again threatened the world’s 7th-ranked boys’ team as Cazalon led the second-half charge along with 6-foot-4 point guard and former U16 European MVP Killian Hayes.

Cazalon led France with a team-high 18 points. Matthieu Gauzin added 16 points, while Hayes and Theo Maledon scored 14 each.

The supersized French backcourt left their fingerprints all over their team’s 20-6 run to open the 3rd quarter and erect a 20-point lead, 58-38, which put Gilas away for good.


France led in almost all statistical departments, most notably in points off turnovers (24-9), fastbreak points (28-5), points in the paint (58-36) and bench points (40-10).

Gilas again registered more turnovers (21) than assists (8) and steals (4) combined, which contributed to their early demise after a promising start.

The Scores: 

France (95) – Cazalon 18, Gauzin 16, Hayes 14, Maledon 14, Crusol 11, Carene 6, Eyango-Dingo 6, Thirouard-Samson 5, Miyem 3, Ebonkoli 2, Billon 0, Diallo 0.

Philippines (54) – Tamayo 19, Abadiano 17, Sotto 7, Calimag 4, Andrada 3, Guadana 3, Lazaro 1, Chiu 0, Padrigao 0, Pascual 0, Cortez 0, Fortea 0. 

Quarter scores: 17-17, 38-32, 73-45, 95-54.



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