Batang Gilas U18 books ticket to FIBA Worlds for first time in 40 years

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 09, 2018 03:45 PM
Batang Gilas U18 books ticket to FIBA World Cup
Kai Sotto lifted Batang Gilas to a win that ends a four decade-long World Cup drought (FILE PHOTO) (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

After a four decade-wait, the Philippines will be playing in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup once more.

Kai Sotto and AJ Edu proved to be too much yet again as Batang Gilas got the better of Bahrain, 67-52, on Thursday at the Stadium 29 in Thailand.

Undefeated and the top-seed in the group stages, the Filipinos automatically advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship.

There, they aced the tough test put up by the Bahrainis to move on to the semifinals.

Much of that is because of Sotto who played his best game thus far in the tournament with 21 points on top of 10 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks as well as Edu who kept impressing with 16 markers, 17 boards, three dimes, two rejections, and two steals.

Migs Oczon also added 10 points as the Philippines used a big-time second half to pull away from their opponents.

They now turn their attention to either Australia or Japan in the semifinals.

All the Final Four teams in the tournament are assured of seats in the World Cup next year.

The last time Filipinos were on that stage was in 1979 with Hector Calma showing the way.

BOX SCORES

BATANG GILAS 67 – Sotto 21, Edu 16, Oczon 10, Ildefonso 6, Panopio 4, Abadiano 3, Ramirez 3, Cortez 2, Amsali 2, Torres 0, Lina 0, Chiu 0

BAHRAIN 52 – Ali R 13, Awadh 13, Rashed M 11, Rashed A 7, Hamoda 2, Aboukuora 2, Kadhem 2, Dindayneh 2, Nawaf 0, Alrowaila 0, Ali A 0, Koohiji 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 26-34, 48-45, 67-52

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