Just like in Thailand a year ago during the U18 Asia Cup, Australia was able to impose its length on Gilas Pilipinas Youth anew.
The Philippines were dealt a rough 82-60 loss by the Aussies to fall further down the Classification Phase of the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, Friday evening at the Heraklion University Hall in Greece.
The Aussies were off to an 11-0 start and never looked back. Moreover, they limited the Philippines to just three points in the first five minutes of the game.
It was utter dominance for Australia the rest of the way as they shot 51-percent in the paint while out-rebounding the Philippines, 50-33.
Australia led by as much as 25 points in the game, 56-31.
Four players reached double-digits for Australia with Samson Froling leading the way with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Kody Stattmann had 11 markers while Tyler Robertson and Sean MacDonald added 10 points each.
Dave Ildefonso led the Philippines with 13 points while Gerry Abadiano added 12.
Kai Sotto scattered 12 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.
Gilas will next face China, who lost to Latvia 84-87 earlier in the day, in the Battle for 13th on Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 pm (Manila time).
The two nations split their meetings during the Asia Cup with the Philippines taking a 73-63 win in the group stages while losing 57-76 in the bronze medal match.
Philippines 60 — Ildefonso 13, Sotto 12, Abadiano 12, Tamayo 6, Panopio 4, Spencer 3, Fortea 3, Torres 3, Amsali 2, Chiu 2, Oczon 0.
Australia 82 — Froling 13, Stattmann 11, MacDonald 10, Robertson 10, Lee 7, Ducas 6, Leaupepe 6, Bowen 6, Wigness 4, Swaka Lo Buluk 4, Dalton 3, Gatbel 2.
Quarterscores: 23-11, 45-26, 65-44, 82-60.
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