Abadiano stays hot, but Batang Gilas still shown door by Canada in FIBA Worlds

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2018 08:05 AM
Abadiano stays hot, but Batang Gilas shown door by Canada
Gerry Abadiano was again one of the few bright spots for Batang Gilas (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

Gerry Abadiano and Batang Gilas tried their very best to stay alive in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.

Unfortunately, a start as slow as a snail ultimately doomed them up against second-ranked Canada, 102-62, on Thursday (Philippine time) at the Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.

Abadiano continued shining for the Filipinos with 16 points while Kai Sotto contributed 14 markers, eight rebounds, and two blocks.

However, those weren’t enough to overcome a 0-14 start that became a 7-26 first quarter deficit the Philippines would never recover from.

In the end, Batang Gilas only made good on 33.8 percent of their field goals while also muffing on 12 free throws.

Carl Tamayo was held in check with only seven points and three rebounds while the backcourt of Terrence Fortea and Forthsky Padrigao was held scoreless.

The Filipinos now turn their attention to classification matches. Up next for them is Mali, ranked 29th in the world.

For the Canadians, top high school prospect Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe showed the way with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

CANADA 102 – Moncrief 22, Krikke 13, Sakota 10, McNeilly 9, Hylton 9, Hemmings 9, Patterson 8, Barthelemy 7, Houstan 5, Rathanmayes 5, Minnot 4, Bediako 1

BATANG GILAS 62 – Abadiano 19, Sotto 16, Cortez 10, Tamayo 7, Lazaro 4, Guadania 3, Andrada 3, Calimag 0, Fortea 0, Chiu 0, Padrigao 0, Pascual 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-7, 51-26, 77-46, 102-62

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