FIBA Asia U18: Batang Gilas rolls past UAE for 2nd win
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine basketball youth team got away with another lopsided win, drubbing United Arab Emirates, 92-49, for a 2-0 start in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship on Monday night, August 6, at Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Edu, a 6-foot-10 Filipino-Nigerian recruit, powered Batang Gilas anew with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while the 7-foot-1 Sotto finished with 14 points and 8 boards.
Rhyavan Amsali chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds for Batang Gilas, who will face China next on Tuesday, August 7, at 6:45 pm.
A notable performance also came from Raven Cortez, who managed 13 rebounds along with 6 points and 3 assists.
Batang Gilas pulled away from UAE right from the get-go, dropping a 10-0 run at the start of the game behind Sotto.
The Emiratis never recovered as the young Filipinos kept them at a distance the rest of the way.
Mohamed Alhashmi paced UAE with 18 points and 3 rebounds while Hamid Albreiki had 11 points.
The top 4 in the 16-team field will secure berths in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Championships.
Philippines (92) - Edu 16, Sotto 14, Amsali 13, Torres 12, Panopio 7, Cortez 6, Lina 6, Abadiano 6, Ramirez 5, Oczon 3, Ildefonso 2
UAE (49) - Alhashmi 18, Albreiki 11, Hussein 8, Albloushi 4, Almaeeni 4, Alblooshi 4, M. Alhammadi 0, S. Alhammadi 0, Alhosani 0, Alketbi 0, AlSawan 0, Alteneiji 0.
Quarter scores: 29-14, 50-31, 69-44, 92-49
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