Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention
The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its first loss in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship Published 8:21 PM, August 10, 2018 Updated 8:56 PM,... Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention

Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its first loss in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

Published 8:21 PM, August 10, 2018

Updated 8:56 PM, August 10, 2018

FIRST SETBACK. Australia proved too strong for AJ Edu and Batang Gilas. Photo from FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – Australia flexed its muscles and eliminated Batang Gilas, 77-43, from title contention in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Friday, August 10.

Batang Gilas – already assured of an U19 World Cup berth after landing in the top four – will head to a rematch with China in the battle for third place at 2:30 pm on Saturday, August 11. (READ: Batang Gilas nails World Cup berth)

Australia, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, will advance to the final match against its Oceania neighbor New Zealand tomorrow at 4:45 pm.

AJ Edu dragged Batang Gilas to the finish line with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Dave Ildefonso mustered 5 points, 2 boards and 2 assists on a 2-of-12 (17%) shooting.

After a neck-and-neck 1st quarter, 14-12, Australia left the Filipino side in the dust with a mighty 30-8 run for a 44-20 advantage at the half. And from there, Batang Gilas couldn’t climb out of the double-digit hole.

Samson Froling led Australia’s impressive balanced attack with 12 points and 7 boards, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

The Aussied led by as many as 41 points, 70-29, after a 10-1 run to begin the 4th quarter.

Even if Batang Gilas loses tomorrow, this is already the country’s best finish in 28 years, since its bronze-medal finish in China at the 1992 tournament.

The Philippines was a wrecking ball in the tournament’s early years, collecting five straight gold-medal finishes from the 1970 inaugural until the 1978 edition of the biennial meet. They would not exit the podium until 1990, where they finished fourth.

The Scores

Australia 77 – Froling 12, Dalton 10, Stattman 10, Bowen 8, Gatbel 7, Lee 7, Robertson 7, Wigness 7, Leaupepe 6, Krause 3, Armstrong 0.

Philippines 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.

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

– Rappler.com

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