FIBA Asia U18:

China hammers Batang Gilas, 76-57

August 11, 2018 – Nonthaburi

By Rock Punzalan

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: China hammered hard and avenged its eliminations loss to Batang Gilas, 76-57, in the Semifinals of 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships this Saturday In Nonthaburi Thailand. Kai Sotto led the defeated Pinoy five with his 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, while AJ Edu added 14 markers and 8 rebounds.

Notes:

➤ The Filipinos fell to 4th place and failed to reach the podium as China raced to snatch the Bronze medal.

Wang Quanze led the pummeling for China with his 28 buckets, 14 boards and 4 assists.

➤ The Philippine basketball team defeat highlighted the inefficiency of the Batang Gilas bench which relied heavily on the contribution of stars Dalph Panopio, AJ Edu, Kai Sotto, Dave Ildefonso and Miguel Oczon

➤ RP five also had a bad shooting day as they only made 21 of 59 shots (36% fieldgoal) compared to China’s 31 of 68 clip (49%). China also moved the ball better as they finished with 20 assists compared to 7 by the Philippines.

 The 4th place finish remains to be the best in 28 years as the Pinoys last made it to 3rd place during the tournament’s 1990 staging.

 Batang Gilas is already assured of a place in the FIBA World Under-19 Championships in 2019 despite the painful loss to China.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 27-14, 43-26, 59-43, 76-57.

china: 76

Wang Q. 28, Xu 18, Li 9, Guo 8, Wang Y. 7, Jiang 7, Chen 0, Shi 0.

batang gilas: 57

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

Posted on August 11, 2018 - Nonthaburi Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

FIBA Asia U18:

Australia halts Batang Gilas, 77-43

August 10, 2018 – Nonthaburi

By Rock Punzalan

FIBA Asia Under-18 News 2018: Australia halted Batang Gilas, 77-43, in the quarterfinals of 2018 FIBA Asia Championships this Friday evening in Nonthaburi Thailand. The Aussies limited the Philippines to only 43 points total and leveled the twin tower duo of AJ Edu and Kai Sotto to only single-digit points output. The suffocating full-court defense also disrupted the efficiency of the dribble drive offense of Batang Gilas.

Notes:

Samson Froling paced the Australian offensive juggernaut with his 12 buckets, 7 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

➤ AJ Edu led the losing Filipinos with his 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Gerry Abadiano also added 8 markers.

➤ The fabulous trio of Kai Sotto, Dave Ildefonso and Dalph Panopio were limited to a dismal 11 points total output as they were hounded by the Australian defense all day long. It also didn’t help the Pinoy five cause as they converted only 16 of 65 shots for a 25% fieldgoal clip.

➤ Australia stole the ball 15 times compared to Philippine’s 2 steals total, and made 16 fastbreak points to RP’s 4 total.

Batang Gilas is now effectively out of the contention for the championship, but will later rematch with a pesky China squad led by Guo Hao Wen for the 3rd Place (Bronze medal) ballgame.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 14-12, 44-20, 60-28, 77-43.

australia: 77

Froling 12, Dalton 10, Stattman 10, Bowen 8, Gatbel 7, Lee 7, Robertson 7, Wigness 7, Leaupepe 6, Krause 3, Armstrong 0.

batang gilas: 43

Edu 9, Abadiano 8, Cortez 6, Torres 6, Ildefonso 5, Panopio 4, Oczon 3, Sotto 2, Amsali 0, Chiu 0, Lina 0, Ramirez 0.

Posted August 11, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

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.

Notes:

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.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-11, 26-34, 48-45, 67-52.

batang gilas: 67

Sotto 21, Edu 16, Oczon 10, Ildefonso 6, Panopio 4, Abadiano 3, Ramirez 3, Amsali 2, Cortez 2, Chiu 0, Lina 0.

bahrain: 52

Ali, B. 13, Awadh 13, Rashed, M. 11, Rashed, A. 7, Dindayneh 2, Hamoda 2, Aboukuora 2, Kadhem 2, Ali, A. 0, Alrowaila 0, Al Koohiji 0, Nawaf 0.

Posted August 10, 2018 - Nonthaburi Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

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.

Notes:

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.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 18-15, 31-27, 54-39, 73-63

batang gilas: 73

Ildefonso 18, Edu 13, Panopio 12, Sotto 11, Oczon 11, Torres 5, Abadiano 2, Cortez 1, Ramirez 0, Amsali 0, Lina 0, Chiu 0.

china: 63

Guo 24, Jiang Q 14, Wang Q 13, Xu 7, Jiang W 5, Shi 0, Li 0, Chen 0, Wang Y 0.

Posted August 8, 2018 - Nonthaburi, Thailand

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team