Japeth dunks his way all over Thailand as Gilas wins fourth straight
Paul Lintag on May 16, 2017 08:49 PM
Aguilar dunked his way to 15 points in the second period, outscoring Thailand by himself as Gilas turned an 18-14 lead into a 51-26 advantage at the break.
Manila, Philippines --- For one quarter, it looked like Gilas Pilipinas finally had a worthy challenger in the 2017 SEABA Championships.
And then Japeth Aguilar happened.
The 6'9" pogo stick of a man led a furious charge by the Filipinos in the second quarter and the Philippines rolled to a 108-53 decision Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum here, preserving its unbeaten slate in the regional showcase.
Aguilar dunked his way to 15 points in the second period, outscoring Thailand by himself as Gilas turned an 18-14 lead into a 51-26 advantage at the break. From then on, the Philippines had little trouble in winning its fourth straight game, tying idle Indonesia at the top of the standings.
The Ginebra star finished with a perfect game of 23 points on 10-of-10 shooting on top of five rebounds and two blocks. Calvin Abueva backed him up with 15 points and six assists while Terrence Romeo and Andray Blatche added 11 apiece.
"My first words in the pregame is we will be tested in this ball game. Thailand is playing very well and they're well coached," head coach Chot Reyes said.
"We knew we would struggle, we would get tested in this game. Sure enough, we had 18 points in the first quarter. [But] our second unit gave us a great lift. The second unit with TR [Romeo], Calvin [Abueva], and Japeth gave us the separation we needed," he added.
After an incredible effort in the second period, Gilas Pilipinas continued the pounding well into the second half, leading by as many as 59 points before settling with a 55-point victory.
Absorbing its second loss against three wins, Thailand got 16 points from Teewarat Chanthachon but not much else particularly from Chitchai Ananti and Wutipong Dasom.
Gilas will shoot for win no. 5 Wednesday against Vietnam.
PHILIPPINES 108 – Aguilar 23, Abueva 15, Blatche 11, Romeo 11, Fajardo 9, Malicsi 8, Wright 7, Rosario 6, Castro William 6, Jalalon 6, Almazan 4, Pogoy 2
THAILAND 53 – Chanthachon 16, Muangboon 7, Klahan P 7, Samerjai 7, Ghogar 6, Sunthonsiri 4, Klahan C 2, Dasom 2, Boonserm 2, Ananti 0, Jaisanuk 0, Lodliang 0
Quarterscores: 18-14, 51-26, 80-43, 108-53
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