E-Gilas Pilipinas put on a dominant performance anew, handing Indonesia a 34-point, 64-30 beating in the Game Two of the FIBA Esports Open 2020, Friday evening.
Despite a rusty start in the first quarter, E-Gilas managed to regain their composure through the on-court brilliance of Aljon ‘Shintarou’ Cruzin, Custer ‘Aguila’ Galas, and Rial ‘Rial’ Polog, Jr.
With the troika leading the Filipinos, E-Gilas ended the first half with 11 unanswered points. They then followed it up with four more points coming from Rial and Galas, respectively, to open the third quarter and put up a 29-15 advantage.
Indonesia’s rendangpapi was still able to put an end to their drought with a triple after a lengthy time. But Cruzin, Rial, and Aguila once again turned up the Philippines’ offense with a 13-0 blast to enter the final frame.
The Philippines ended the game riding a massive 50-15 run spanning from the second quarter up to the buzzer. E-Gilas also displayed an excellent defensive game, which saw the Indonesians score only three points for the entire third quarter.
E-Gilas chalked up its biggest lead of the game at 37 points, 64-27, after a triple from Clark ‘Clark’ Banzon in the waning seconds of the match.
“Well from the start, talagang ang order nga sa’min is shoot to kill. As in from first quarter to fourth quarter, kahit tambak ‘yan ng 20 o 30 or a hundred, same as the first quarter to the fourth quarter dapat,” said E-Gilas team captain Philippe “Izzo” Herrero.
Cruzin once again topped the scoring charts for the Filipinos with 21 big points. Meanwhile, Aguila and Rial backstopped their court general with 17 and 10 markers, respectively.