MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Youth punched its quarterfinals ticket in the FIBA U18 Asian Championship with a 77-61 comeback win over Qatar at the Azadi Basketball Hall in Iran on Monday, August 22.
Forward Mason Amos churned out 19 points and 7 rebounds to power the Filipinos’ second-half turnaround as they followed up their 64-point demolition of Syria with another victory to stay unbeaten in Group C.
Amos, a Filipino-Australian big man who will play for Ateneo, put up 12 points in the final two quarters, where Gilas Youth outscored Qatar 43-26 to overcome a tentative first half where it trailed 34-35.
The Qataris led 41-40 midway through the third quarter before the Filipinos erected a 14-5 run led by Amos to build a 54-46 advantage.
Jared Bahay backstopped Amos in scoring with 15 points – 11 coming in the first half – to go with 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while Joshua Coronel chimed in 9 points and 3 assists.
EJ Abadam and Kyle Gamber added 7 points each in the win and combined for 7 rebounds.
Mohammed Hashim Abbasher and Moustapha Ndao tallied 14 points apiece for Qatar, which dropped to the bottom with Syria with identical 0-2 cards.
By improving to 2-0, the Philippines tied Chinese Taipei at the top of Group C as they both secured their quarterfinals spots.
The Filipinos and the Taiwanese dispute the No. 1 spot in the bunch when they tangle on Tuesday to wrap up the group stage.
Philippines 77 – Amos 19, Bahay 15, Coronel 9, Gamber 7, Abadam 7, Demisana 6, Pablo 4, Gagate 4, Alao 2, Nacua 2, Andres 2, Porter 0.
Qatar 61 – Abbasher 14, M. Nadao 14, Mousa 11, MM. Ndao 7, Alnabwy 6, Abuissa 6, Al-Abdulla 3, Hajar 0, Radi 0.
Quarters: 18-24, 35-34, 48-54, 77-61.