MANILA, Philippines – Back on the winning track.
After a difficult opening day upset loss against unranked Palestine, the Philippine national men's basketball team put on a statement game and demolished the 69th ranked Hong Kong, 101-50, on Thursday, September 24 in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.
Jayson Castro, or Jayson William in international play, was on takeover mode from tip-off and put up an all-around performance of 21 points, 5 rebounds, and two assists, including 5-of-6 makes from 3-point range.
The Philippines, which is eyeing nothing less than the gold and the accompanying 2016 Summer Olympics berth, no longer has room for error through the second round if they want to retain control of their fate in the Asian cage wars.
Gilas is in Group B – considered a light group – together with Palestine, Hong Kong and Kuwait. Their final opponent is Kuwait on Friday, September 25.
Relive Gilas' show of dominance through these highlights.