FIBA Asia U18:
Batang Gilas blitzes past Bahrain, 67-52
August 9, 2018 – Nonthaburi
By Rock Punzalan
FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas blitzed past Bahrain, 67-52, in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Thursday at Nonthaburi, Thailand. Kai Sotto starred with his 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, while AJ Edu also contributed 16 markers, 17 boards, 3 assists and 2 swats.
➤ Miguel Andre Oczon also chipped-in 10 buckets for the young Pinoys.
➤ Baqer Ali fought for the losing Bahrain five with 13 buckets and 3 caroms.
➤ The Batang Gilas victory effectively earned them a spot in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. It was in 1979 when the Philippine basketball team last made it to the prestigious cagefest.
➤ Additionally, the Filipinos placed 13th during the last FIBA World Cup Under-17 tournament.
➤ The young Filipino five will next face Australia this Friday, August 10. The Aussies ended their quarterfinals assignment by beating Japan, 88-52. The match-up will be particularly special, given the recent history of both national squads.