Behind a dominant showing by the team’s big men, Batang Gilas Pilipinas listed another victim, routing UAE, 92-49, Monday evening at the Bangkok Thai-Japan Youth Center in Thailand.
Batang Gilas’ big men were dominant for the entire contest, out-rebounding the Emiratis 66-26 that led to a 22-2 advantage in second chance points. Moreover, Batang Gilas scored 40 points in the paint.
AJ Edu had 16 points, eight rebounds, and a block, while Kai Sotto added 14 points and eight rebounds. Both came off the bench.
Behind Edu, the young Filipinos went on a 10-0 blast that led to an imposing 29-14 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes of the game.
Sotto continued what Edu had started in the third canto.
Batang Gilas pinned UAE down in the final frame, holding them scoreless in the first six minutes. Batang Gilas led by as much as 44 points.
Starting center Raven Cortez gobbled down 13 rebounds to go along with six points and was a plus-17.
Rhayyan Amsali and Xyrus Torres had 13 and 12 points respectively, while Dalph Panopio had seven points and five assists.
All the players fielded scored for the Philippines.
Mohamed Mahmoud Asad Ahmed Alhashmi led UAE with 18 points.
The Philippines is now 2-0 in Group B of the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship. The youth team faces China tomorrow at 6:45pm (Philippine time) with an automatic quarterfinals seat at stake.
Philippines 92 – Edu 16, Sotto 14, Amsali 13, Torres 12, Panopio 7, Abadiano 6, Cortez 6, Lina 6, Ramirez 5, Oczon 3, Chiu 2, Ildefonso 2.
UAE 49 – Alhashmi 18, Albreiki 11, Hussein 8, Ablooshi 4, Abloushi 4, Almaeeni 4, S. Alhammadi 0, Alhosani 0, Alketbi 0, Alsawan 0.
Quarterscores: 29-14, 50-31, 69-41, 92-49.