Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win

JR Isaga
Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win
After scoring its first triumph over China, the Philippines goes for a best possible finish of 13th place



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. 

The Scores

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.



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