FIBA Asia Cup

Jericho Cruz shines as Guam thrashes Hong Kong in FIBA qualifiers

Delfin Dioquino
Jericho Cruz shines as Guam thrashes Hong Kong in FIBA qualifiers

BLOWOUT. Jericho Cruz and Guam breeze past Hong Kong in a 20-point rout.


NLEX guard Jericho Cruz waxes hot in the opening quarter against Hong Kong to help Guam clinch its first win in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

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. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.