WATCH: Gilas blows out Kuwait to reach second round

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas finished the first round strong in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship following back-to-back lopsided victories against Hong Kong and Kuwait in Changsha, China. (READ: Gilas breezes past Kuwait, advances to FIBA Asia second round)

Terrence Romeo led all Filipino scorers with 19 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting as the Philippine national men's basketball team outclassed the Kuwaitis in every category. (HIGHLIGHTS: Gilas vs Kuwait – 2015 FIBA Asia Championship)

Gilas, who finished Group B action with a 2-1 record, will play in Group E of the second round and will face reigning champion Iran, India, and Japan with their carryover record of 1-1. Their win versus Kuwait will not be included as Kuwait is already eliminated. Palestine and Hong Kong will also advance to Group E and will face the 3 new teams from Group A. (WATCH: Terrence Romeo's killer crossover, Calvin Abueva's throwdown vs Kuwait)

The top 4 teams from each of the two groups in the second round will advance to the knockout quarterfinals.

The second group phase starts on Sunday, September 27 after a one-day break. – Rappler.com