Gilas Youth fails to overcome Edu injury in FIBA U19 World Cup opener
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2019 09:40 AM
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Gilas Youth fell short in keeping up with home team Greece and surrendered a 69-85 defeat to begin the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, early Sunday morning (Philippine time) at Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena.
Kai Sotto showed the way for the Filipinos with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while the National University pair of Gerry Abadiano and Dave Ildefonso chimed in 13 and 12 markers, respectively.
The Philippines, however, clearly missed Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu who incurred an apparent knee injury at the 7:57 mark of the opening salvo.
Without his twin tower, Sotto had to carry a heavier burden and all of Gilas Youth fell victim to a Greek side that showed no fear of them inside.
In particular, Nikolaos Arsenopoulos and Aristotelis Sotiriou proved to be thorns on the side of the visitors with the former finishing with 18 points and three rebounds and the latter ending with 16 markers and nine boards.
Still, the Filipinos have a silver lining to look at despite the loss in the tournament opener as they actually led by 10 points, 22-12, early on.
They hope to be able to build on that as they now set their sights on world no. 9 Argentina, early Monday morning (Philippine time) for a much-needed bounce back win.
GREECE 85 -- Arsenopoulos 18, Sotiriou 16, Karampelas 10, Chatzudakis 10, Arnokouros 9, Bazinas 7, Sandramanis 5, Rogkavopoulos 4, Chougkaz 4, Voulgaropoulos 2, Georgalas 0.
PHILIPPINES 69 -- Sotto 13, Abadiano 13, Ildefonso 12, Tamayo 9, Fortea 7, Spencer 4, Amsali 4, Torres 3, Panopio 2, Chiu 2, Oczon 0, Edu 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-27, 42-41, 63-57, 85-69.
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