MANILA, Philippines – After 5 straight losses to start the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas Youth broke through the win column after running through China, 86-72, at Heraklion, Greece on Saturday, July 6.
With the win, the Philippines still has a shot at finishing 13th in the tournament on Sunday, July 7, albeit still at a worse place than its predecessors 40 years ago which finished 10th.
Multiple Gilas Youth stars had their best outing yet, led by outgoing forward Dave Ildefonso’s 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds while versatile big man Carl Tamayo piled on 20 markers and 6 boards on an 8-of-16 shooting.
San Beda big man Rhayyan Amsali made the most of his spot start with 11 points while Fil-Aussie swingman James Spencer chipped in 11 markers as well.
After a back-and-forth 1st half, the Filipino youngsters broke free in a blazing 3rd quarter where they outscored China, 31-20. In that period, China still got as near as two points before Ildefonso and Dalph Panopio conspired to run away with a 12-2 outburst for a 15-point lead, 72-57, heading to the final frame.
From there, the spirited Gilas boys fully ran away with the game, widening the gap as high as 18, 86-68, off 5 straight points from Ildefonso.
Haowen Guo carried China anew with 23 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Haoran Jiang added 16 markers and 4 boards in the losing effort.
Philippines 86 – Ildefonso 21, Tamayo 20, Amsali 11, Spencer 11, Panopio 8, Abadiano 6, Sotto 5, Chiu 2, Fortea 2, Oczon 0.
China 72 – Guo 23, Jiang 16, Xu, J. 11, Shi 6, Wang 5, Ji 4, Jiao 4, Jiang 3, Xu, K. 0.
Quarters: 21-18, 41-37, 72-57, 86-72.