FIBA Asia Cup

Jericho Cruz on fire anew as Guam sweeps Hong Kong in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Delfin Dioquino
Jericho Cruz on fire anew as Guam sweeps Hong Kong in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

FIERY START. Jericho Cruz waxes hot in the first half for Guam.


NLEX guard Jericho Cruz submits another impressive performance for Guam as they repeat over Hong Kong in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

PBA player Jericho Cruz starred for Guam anew as they swept Hong Kong in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers with a 112-66 beating in Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, June 15.

Delivering 24 points in their first encounter on Sunday, Cruz torched Hong Kong with 20 points on an 8-of-11 clip to go with 4 rebounds and 2 assists to help Guam finish with a 2-1 card.

Guam has the same record with Australia and New Zealand, although it is still uncertain which two teams will advance directly to the Asia Cup.

Australia and New Zealand did not participate in the Amman window.

The NLEX guard, who holds a Filipino-Northern Mariana Islands dual citizenship, delivered 13 points in the second quarter alone as Guam ended the first half comfortably ahead, 63-26.

That lead swelled to as large as 51 points, with Hong Kong having no answers for the blazing Guam offense.

Tai Wesley also shone for Guam with 18 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, while former PBA import Curtis Washington put up 16 points.

Yee Fu Chan led Hong Kong with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Hong Kong wrapped up its campaign without a win in three games. –

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.