PBA player Jericho Cruz caught fire early and keyed Guam to 103-83 blowout win over Hong Kong in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan on Sunday, June 13.
Cruz, who holds a Filipino-Northern Mariana Islands dual citizenship, unloaded 14 of his 24 points in the opening quarter as Guam bagged its first win in the qualifiers.
The NLEX guard shot an impressive 5-of-9 clip from long range and also churned out 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.
With Guam already up big 22-7, Cruz further padded their lead with 8 points in the final three minutes of the first quarter by knocking down 2 triples and a layup, 35-19.
Hong Kong failed to recover as its deficit grew to as many as 25 points.
Tai Wesley led the way for Guam with a near-triple-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists, while former PBA import Curtis Washington put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 rebounds.
Chi Lok Jolin So paced Hong Kong with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Guam hiked its record to 1-1 in Group C, just behind Australia and New Zealand, which carry identical 2-1 cards.
Australia and New Zealand both did not participate in the Amman window.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong remained winless in two games.
Guam will meet Hong Kong again on Tuesday, June 15. – Rappler.com