Thursday, September 24, 2015
Gilas Pilipinas defeats Hong Kong by 51 points,101-50 - FIBA Asia 2015 (VIDEO)
Following an embarassing loss, the Philippine national men’s basketball team vented its ire on Hong Kong, 101-50, to bounce back in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Thursday at CSWC Dayun in Changsha, China.
Jayson Castro led Gilas Pilipinas with 21 points and also fired five triples in the game to go along with his five boards and two assists.
Naturalize player Andray Blatche added 17 points while Dondon Hontiveros chipped in 14 points to help Gilas Pilipinas recover from a shocking loss to newcomer Palestine on Wednesday.
Gilas Pilipinas made sure that it would dominate Hong Kong this time around. The Filipinos got off to a 12-0 start and never let Hong Kong score its first basket six minutes into the game.
Behind Siu Wing Chan’s seven straight points, Hong Kong managed to threaten for a run and was able to keep within just 13 points, 28-18, after the first quarter.
But Gilas Pilipinas pulled away in the second quarter as the team’s outside shooting finally clicked. Dondon Hontiveros fired three triples in the first half alone, while Castro and Blatche made their own long bombs to give the Filipinos a 51-22 cushion at halftime.
Gilas Pilipinas never looked back and unlike in its meltdown against Palestine, the squad continued to pounce on the hapless Hong Kong and even erected a 50-point lead, 88-38, to cruise to the victory.
Gilas Pilipinas will next face Kuwait on Friday to round out its Group B assignments.
Philippines 101 - William 21 Blatche 17, Hontiveros 14, Romeo 11, de Ocampo 10, Abueva 8, Ganuelas 7, Intal 5, Thoss 4, Pingris 2, Taulava 2, Norwood 0.
Hong Kong 50 - Chan 13, Reid 11, Wong 7, Xu 6, Lin 5, Au-Yeung 5, Cheng 2, Leung 1, So 0, Lau 0, Lee 0, Szeto 0.
Quarters: 28-15, 51-22, 83-38, 101-50