MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas Youth continued its free fall in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup after getting manhandled by Australia, 82-60, at Heraklion, Greece on Friday, July 5.
Dave Ildefonso led Gilas anew with 13 points, albeit on a 5-of-14 shooting. Kai Sotto churned out a 12-marker, 12-rebound double-double with 3 blocks while Gerry Abadiano punched in 12 points as well.
With another loss, Gilas fell further in the classification stage, this time pairing up with China for a match at 5 pm on Saturday, July 6.
The Aussies vented their frustration on missing out on title contention with an 11-0 opening salvo, which the Filipino youngsters never recovered from.
Only Carl Tamayo was able to score in the first 7 minutes as Gilas Youth sank further down, 6-21, before settling for a 12-point deficit after the 1st quarter, 11-23.
While Gilas mustered a small 7-0 run late in the 2nd, Australia still inched further away and entered halftime with a 19-point lead, 45-26.
Gilas never got closer than 16 points as the Aussies boomed away with an 11-2 run for the 25-point lead, 56-31, midway through the 3rd frame. Dave Ildefonso got off a buzzer-beating layup to end the period, but Gilas was still down 21, 44-65.
From there, the Aussies only needed to go toe-to-toe with the Gilas offense as they kept their comfortable lead safe down the stretch.
Samson Froling led the balanced Aussie attack with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Three other Boomers clinched double-digits in scoring led by 11 markers from Kody Stattmann.
Australia 82 – Froling 13, Stattmann 11, MacDonald 10, Robertson 10, Lee 7, Leaupepe 6, Ducas 6, Bowen 6, Buluk 4, Wigness 4, Dalton 3, Gatbel 2.
Philippines 60 – Ildefonso 13, Sotto 12, Abadiano 12, Tamayo 6, Panopio 4, Fortea 3, Spencer 3, Torres 3, Amsali 2, Chiu 2, Oczon 0.
Quarters: 23-11, 45-26, 65-44, 82-60.