FIBA Asia U18:
Batang Gilas bludgeons China, 73-63
August 7, 2018 – Nonthaburi
By Rock Punzalan
FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Batang Gilas bludgeoned China, 73-63, in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Tuesday evening in Nonthaburi Thailand. Dave Ildefonso proved once more that his celebrated performance against Lebanon was no fluke as he powered Batang Gilas with his 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while AJ Edu also contributed a double-double of 13 markers and 14 boards.
➤ Dalph Panopio also contributed 12 buckets, while Kai Sotto dropped his own double-double of 11 points, 10 caroms and 4 blocks.
➤ Haowen Guo paced the losing Chinese with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
➤ The young Gilas five are now assured of a quarterfinal slot in the tournament. They will either face Bahrain, South Korea or Chinese Taipei in the next round.
➤ The top four teams will be automatically included in the next year’s FIBA World U18 Championships.