Asian basketball

Gilas Girls crush Thailand by 45 in SEABA U18 opener 

Martin Mendoza

This is AI generated summarization, which may have errors. For context, always refer to the full article.

Gilas Girls crush Thailand by 45 in SEABA U18 opener 

KEY COG. Ava Fajardo in action for the Gilas Girls.


Gilas Girls book a ticket to the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup Division B after cruising past Thailand in the SEABA U18 tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Margarett Villanueva put on a shooting clinic for the Gilas Pilipinas U18 women’s team as they made easy work of Thailand in their SEABA U18 opener, 103-58, on Friday, May 24 at the Ratchaburi Gymnasium in Thailand. 

With the all-important win, the Philippines booked a ticket to the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup Division B in Shenzhen, China next month. 

Villanueva exploded for a game-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including a near-perfect 4-of-5 clip from long range. 

With Gilas Girls leading by only 7 points at the end of the first quarter, 23-16, Villanueva took over and went on a personal 7-0 run in just a minute and 9 seconds to extend their lead to double figures, 30-16.

The Philippines maintained its double-digit advantage the rest of the way, before extending it to its largest at 45 points off a triple by Villanueva in the dying seconds of the lopsided affair. 

Aside from Villanueva, two more players scored in double-digits for the Philippines, with Naomi Panganiban and Gabby Ramos firing 16 points each.

All 12 players fielded in by Gilas Girls head coach Julie Amos managed to put up a basket in the blowout win that saw the Philippines shoot 40% from the field and 84% from the foul line.

Natsuda Boonpech topscored for Thailand with 16 points, but shot a dismal 5-of-20 field goal clip.

The Philippines’ stifling defense forced Thailand to commit 28 turnovers and go 0-of-22 from beyond the arc. 

Gilas Girls will look to make it two in a row when they face Malaysia – which has already qualified for the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup Division A – on Saturday, May 25 at 3 pm. 

The Scores

Philippines 103 – Villanueva 25, Panganiban 16, Ramos 16, Fajardo 7, Abong 7, Canindo 6, Quinte 6, Rodriguez 5, Duenas 5, Impreso 4, Lapasaran 3, Reyes 3.

Thailand 58 – Boonpech 16, Oudnun 14, Sithisamarng 9, Patthanauckkaranon 6, Damrongjit 6, Khamkaew 4, Kanram 3, Bhuket 0, Pornsakunchai 0, Watthananonkasem 0, Matanboon 0.

Quarters: 23-16, 52-30, 73-47, 103-58. 


Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Summarize this article with AI

How does this make you feel?

Download the Rappler App!