Batang Gilas pushed to brink by France even after Tamayo’s breakout

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 02, 2018 08:31 AM
Batang Gilas pushed to brink by France
Carl Tamayo played big, but Batang Gilas just didn't have enough against seventh-ranked France (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

For the second straight game, a Filipino youngster posted a big-time double-double in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.

For the second straight game as well, however, it wasn’t enough.

Carl Tamayo pounded in 19 points and 10 rebounds, but France locked down Kai Sotto before going on a 57-point second half rampage that eventually ended as a 95-54 decisive triumph over Batang Gilas at the Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.

Tamayo conspired with Nazareth School of National University teammate Gerry Abadiano to keep the Philippines fighting in the first half.

Just down by six at halftime, though, the Filipinos were at the wrong end of a 35-point explosion by seventh-ranked France in the third quarter.

Tamayo and company would never recover and were only able to score nine points in the final frame.

Abadiano wound up with 17 points for 0-2 Philippines which now figures in must-win game up against host Argentina, ranked eighth in the world, to have a shot at the next round.

Following a 23-point, 12-rebound performance the last time around, Sotto only had seven markers and five boards as France bodied him up for majority of the matchup.

For France, Malcolm Cazalon topped the scoring column with 18 points.

BOX SCORES

FRANCE 95 - Cazalon 18, Gauzin 16, Hayes 14, Maledon 14, Crusol 11, Eyango-Dingo 6, Carene 6, Thirouard-Samson 5, Miyem 3, Ebonkoli 2, Billon 0, Diallo 0.

BATANG GILAS - Tamayo 19, Abadiano 17, Sotto 7, Calimag 4, Guadana 3, Andrada 3, Lazaro 1, Fortea 0, Padrigao 0, Cortez 0, Pascual 0, Chiu 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-17, 38-32, 73-45, 95-54

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