Batang Gilas falls short of bronze, still bound for FIBA Worlds

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 11, 2018 04:25 PM
Batang Gilas falls short of bronze, still bound for Worlds
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Batang Gilas has bowed out of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship with two loses in a row.

Just a day after getting eliminated from contention by Australia, the Filipinos again faltered in the battle for third on Saturday, this time in the face of a more determined China side, 76-57, at the Stadium 29 in Thailand.

Both Kai Sotto and AJ Edu had bounced back games individually, with the former finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, and one block and the latter ending with 14 markers, eight boards, and one rejection.

However, they were the only two players who proved to be effective for the Philippines, as all of Dave Ildefonso, Migs Oczon, and Dalph Panopio only combined for 21 points in 9-of-30 shooting.

Four day ago, Batang Gilas dominated the same Chinese side by a score of 73-63 to top their group in the preliminary round.

After that, however, they were at the wrong end of routs by Australia in the semifinals and then China in the battle for third.

Even with back-to-back losses the tournament, the Filipinos have already booked a ticket to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup by virtue of reching the semifinals.

In doing so, they downed Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, China, and Bahrain along the way.

BOX SCORES

CHINA 76 – Wang QZ 27, Xu 18, Li 9, Guo 8, Jiang HR 7, Wang YZ 7, Chen 0, Shi 0.

BATANG GILAS 57 – Sotto 16, Edu 14, Ildefonso 9, Oczon 7, Panopio 5, Abadiano 2, Amsali 2, Cortez 2, Lina 0, Ramirez 0, Torres 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-14, 43-26, 59-43, 76-57.

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