E-Gilas ties Australia at top of FIBA Esports Open II

E-Gilas ties Australia at top of FIBA Esports Open II

BOUNCE BACK. E-Gilas Pilipinas bucks a rough start to gain a share of the lead.

Screenshot from Facebook/Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

After falling to Australia in its tournament opener, E-Gilas Pilipinas crushes Indonesia for its first triumph then notches dominant wins against the same foes for a 3-1 record

E-Gilas Pilipinas wrapped up Day 1 of the FIBA Esports Open II tied at the top of the Southeast Asia/Oceania conference following 3 straight victories on Saturday, November 14. 

After falling to Australia by 17 points in its tournament opener, the Philippines crushed Indonesia for its first win and notched dominant wins against the same foes for a 3-1 record.

Aljon “Shintarou” Cruzin topscored for the Philippines in its 65-37 thrashing of Indonesia with 28 points on an impressive 8-of-11 clip from deep.

Rocky “Rak” Braña, who did not see action in the first game, also came up big for E-Gilas with 17 points on an incredible array of dunks.

Cruzin picked up where he left off and dropped 37 points as the Philippines redeemed itself against Australia with an 81-55 revenge win.

Clark “Clark” Banzon then starred for the Philippines in its final game of the day, tallying 24 points on an 8-of-10 shooting from long range to go with 6 assists in a 65-50 rout of Indonesia.

Australia also wound up with a similar 3-1 card while Indonesia failed to score a win for a 0-4 slate.

The Philippines will again face Indonesia and Australia on Sunday, November 15 for its last two elimination round games, with the top two teams advancing to the best-of-three-finals. – Martin Mendoza/

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