Kai Sotto posts dominant numbers as Batang Gilas gets first win at expense of Egypt at FIBA U17 World Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 08, 2018 10:07 AM
Sotto dominant as Batang Gilas gets first win at FIBA U17 WC
Kai Sotto was his usual dominant self again posting gaudy numbers of 28 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks en route to their first win in six outings. (File Photo courtesy of FIBA)

Batang Gilas will not go home winless as they escape Egypt, 70-69, at the FIBA U17 World Cup classification phase at Santa Fe, Argentina.

Kai Sotto was his usual dominant self again posting gaudy numbers of 28 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks en route to their first win in six outings.

Sotto efficiency was also on full display as he tallied a +34, which means if he had played a full 40 minutes, Batang Gilas would have won by 34 points. 

Sotto sank the insurance free throws to put the Philippines up four, 70-66, but Egypt's Mazen Ibrahim launched and drilled a desperation three that put the North Africans within one.

Gerry Abadiano was then fouled with 0.4 left, but missed the first free throw. He then intentionally bricked his second to run the clock out and seal the game for Gilas.

Batang Gilas were in control most of the way, as they led by as much as 20, 39-19, but fortunately for them, the lead was enough to hold on to the victory.

With their 1-5 record, Philippines have already been eliminated from championship contention and will face New Zealand tomorrow, for 13th place.

Aly Abdelrahman Khalifa led Egypt with 17 markers and eight boards, and was instrumental in the comeback bid by them. 

Abadiano meanwhile chipped in 15 points, while Forthsky Padrigao and Carl Tamayo each contribute 10.

The Scores:

Philippines (70) – Sotto 28, Abadiano 15, Padrigao 10, Cortez 10, Calimag 5, Chiu 2, Fortea 0, Guadana 0, Pascual 0, Andrada 0, Lazaro 0.

Egypt (69) – Khalifa 17, Elmadawy 12, Morsy 11, Ibrahim 7, Noureldin 7, Hassan 7, Mahmoud 3, Mohamed 3, Lehitta 2, Helmy 0, Saed 0, Hanafi 0.

Quarter scores: 17-8, 41-26, 55-50, 70-69

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