BATANG Gilas continued to impose its dominance in the paint, this time blowing out United Arab Emirates, 92-49, for its second win in the 2018 Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship on Monday at Bangkok Thai-Japan Youth Center in Thailand.
AJ Edu scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half and grabbed eight rebounds as he led the Pinoy teens in a 10-0 starting barrage that led to an 29-14 lead at the end of the first quarter before cruising to the easy victory.
The win was made more easy by Batang Gilas' dominance off the boards, 66-26, and the paint, 40-22, as the tallest national youth team ever assembled put together a fitting follow-up to an opening romp against Lebanon.
Kai Sotto added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Raven Cortez made up for his silent offensive night from the field by grabbing 13 boards to compliment his six points as the two did their damage in the third frame.
Xyrus Torres also lit it up from downtown, going for four triples to account for all of his 12 points, while Rhayyan Amsali came off the bench and scored 13 points to go with five rebounds.
Undefeated through its first two games, the Philippines will stake its claim to pole position in Group B when it faces powerhouse China on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.
Batang Gilas showed no mercy even when it led by a big margin, clamping down on defense to hold UAE scoreless for the first six minutes of the payoff period to come away with the 43-point rout.
Mohamed Mahmoud Asad Ahmed Alhashmi paced the still winless UAE side (0-2) with 18 points and three rebounds in the losing cause.
PHILIPPINES 92 – Edu 16, Sotto 14, Amsali 13, Torres 12, Panopio 7, Abadiano 6, Cortez 6, Lina 6, Ramirez 5, Oczon 3, Chiu 2, Ildefonso 2.
UAE 49 – Alhashmi 18, Albreiki 11, Hussein 8, Ablooshi 4, Abloushi 4, Almaeeni 4, S. Alhammadi 0, Alhosani 0, Alketbi 0, Alsawan 0.
Quarters: 29-14, 50-31, 69-41, 92-49.