Gilas Youth finally break through after beating down China

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 06, 2019 06:51 PM
Gilas Youth finally break through after beating down China
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At long last, Gilas Youth can celebrate a win in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup following a well-earned 86-72 win over China, Saturday afternoon (Philippine time) inside Heraklion University Hall in Greece.

Dave Ildefonso topped the scoring column with 21 points on top of seven assists and six rebounds and joined forces with Carl Tamayo, who busted out with 20 markers and six boards in the Filipinos' breakthrough win in the world meet.

7-foot-2, 17-year-old Kai Sotto didn't even have to do much with only five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes of play as Rhayyan Amsali and James Spencer also turned in their best games of the tournament with 11 markers apiece.

Unlike its previous five games, all resulting in losses, it was the Philippines setting the pace in this one before breaking away for good with a 31-point third quarter.

They would not look back from there all the way to a morale-boosting win ahead of their last assignment in the tournament opposite either New Zealand or Senegal. The victor in that match-up on Sunday will finish its campaign at 13th while the loser will end up at 14th.

BOX SCORES

PHILIPPINES 86 -- Ildefonso 21, Tamayo 20, Spencer 11, Amsali 11, Panopio 8, Abadiano 6, Sotto 5, Chiu 2, Fortea 2, Oczon 0.

CHINA 72 -- Guo 23, Jiang H 16, Xu J 11, Shi 6, Wang 5, Ji 4, Jiao 4, Jiang W 3, Xu K 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 41-37, 72-57, 86-72.

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