Batang Gilas closes FIBA Worlds with 22-point rout

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 09, 2018 08:33 AM
Batang Gilas closes FIBA Worlds with 22-point rout
Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas have improved on the country's finish in thelast FIBA Worlds (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

It took until the very last game, but Batang Gilas finally has a convincing victory in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.

Kai Sotto was a force for the second straight game and had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks to power the Filipinos right through New Zealand, 73-51, on Monday (Philippine time) at the Technological University Stadium in Argentina.

Terrence Fortea also added 12 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals to help the Philippines clinch 13th place out of 16 teams in the international meet.

That final classification is an improvement on the 15th-place finish by Batang Gilas in 2014. That team had the likes of Paul Desiderio, Richard Escoto, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt.

Building on their momentum from their first win in the tournament a day ago, the Filipinos were on-point on both ends in this one, converting 44 percent of their field goals while also clamping down on their opponents who only had a 22 percent clip.

For the Kiwis, Mitchell Dance showed the way with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

BATANG GILAS 73 – Sotto 22, Fortea 12, Calimag 8, Chiu 8, Abadiano 8, Guadana 7, Cortez 4, Padrigao 4, Andrada 0, Lazaro 0,

NEW ZEALAND 51 – Dance 12, Broughton 10, Cowie 6, Williams-Dunn 6, Vaigafa 5, Dizon 5, Risseto 4, McKinlay 3, Payne 0, Stodard 0, Jenkins 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 35-24, 54-36, 73-51

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