Ildefonso leads Batang Gilas to rousing start in FIBA Asia U18

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 06, 2018 12:06 AM
Ildefonso leads Batang Gilas to rousing start in FIBA Asia
Dave Ildefonso scored 19 points in the first half alone to lead Batang Gilas onto the win column in the FIBA Asia U18

All the stars shone for Batang Gilas in their very first game in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship.

Dave Ildefonso got them off on the right foot before AJ Edu and Dalph Panopio carried them to the finish line in a 75-53 domination of Lebanon on Sunday at the Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ildefonso dropped all of his 19 points in the first half while Edu and Panopio led the charge in the second half and totaled 17 and 12 markers, respectively.

Filipino-Nigerian Edu also took care of the paint with 12 rebounds and five blocks alongside full-blooded Filipino Kai Sotto who had 12 points on top of eight boards, and one rejection.

Winners in their first game, the Filipinos now turn their attention to United Arab Emirates which lost to China to begin the tournament. That matchup will be on Monday at 6:45 PM.

BOX SCORES

BATANG GILAS 75 – Ildefonso 19, Edu 17, Panopio 12, Sotto 12, Ramirez 5, Amsali 5, Cortez 2, Chiu 2, Abadiano 1, Oczon 0, Torres 0, Lina 0

LEBANON 53 – Zanbaka 12, Kopaly 9, Dargham 7, Bedikian 6, Kasab 6, Htait 5, Khoueiry 3, Khayat 2, Mougharbel 2, Saade 1, Samaha 0, Karime 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-15, 41-33, 59-41, 75-53

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