Batang Gilas gets blown out by New Zealand to notch 4th in FIBA U16

Philip Matel on Apr 08, 2018 05:14 PM
Batang Gilas gets blown out by NZ to notch 4th in FIBA U16
The Junior Tall Blacks assert their mastery over the Batang Gilas to send the Filipinos to a fourth-place finish in the 2018 FIBA Asia U16 Championships. (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

The Batang Gilas end their stint in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship stint with a fourth-place finish, yielding to the much more powerful New Zealand Junior Tall Black squad, 76-60, at the Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium in China.

Despite the loss, the Batang Gilas have punched a ticket to the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina from June 30 - July 8 in Argentina.

Terrence Fortea led the way for the Batang Gilas with 18 points and three rebounds.

Marvin Williams-Dunn meanwhile paced the third-place Junior Tall Blacks with 16 points. Mitchell Dance meanwhile added 16 points and 7 rebounds.

With the game close in the first quarter, New Zealand pulled away with a 24-7 second quarter to lead at halftime, 42-21.

New Zealand controlled much of the game, leading by as much by 27 in the fourth quarter, while Gilas led at their biggest by 7 points in the first quarter.

UAAP Season 80 Juniors' Basketball Finals MVP Kai Sotto, who finished the previous game against China with 26 points, 21 rebounds, and six blocks, was a shell of himself, finishing the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, and a single block.

Shooting from the Philippine side was also hard to come by, hitting 19/61 from the field for a 31.2-percent shooting clip, while the guys from Oceania shot 28/68 from the floor, with a 41.2-percent showing.

RC Calimag, who is nursing a knee injury, missed his second straight game for the Batang Gilas.


NEW ZEALAND (76) -- Williams-Dunn 17, Dance 16, McKinlay 10, Broughton 9, To'o 6, Cowie 6, Dixon 4, Payne 4, Perham 4.

PHILIPPINES (60) -- Fortea 18, Sotto 13, Andrada 9, Padrigao 8, Bautista 5, Cortez 5, Lazaro 2, Balaga 0, Chiu 0, Go 0, Guadana 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 18-14, 42-21, 61-41, 76-60


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