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    Batang Gilas sent crashing by Thailand in Fiba Asia Under-18 on Bassey clutch jumper

    Jul 26, 2016
    Justin Bassey led all scorers with 34 points to go with 21 rebounds. Photo from Fiba.com

    BATANG Gilas was stunned by Southeast Asian rival Thailand, 74-71, on Tuesday - its third loss in the Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship in Tehran, Iran.

    Justin Bassey led Thailand with 34 points, 21 rebounds and five assists. He also hit the 15-foot jumper that broke the game's final deadlock at 71-all.

    Batang Gilas fell to its second straight loss as a last-gasp triple to tie the game at the buzzer rimmed out.

    Jolo Mendoza had 22 points to lead Batang Gilas, which also lost to China and Chinese-Taipei against a lone win against Iraq.

    It was a stunning defeat by the Philippines, which beat Thailand twice in this year’s Seaba Under-18 Championship including the gold medal match.

    But those Thai teams were without Bassey, a Thai-Nigerian who played high school ball in the United States with Colorado Academy.

    Batang Gilas were forced to play catch-up for the most part of the game, but were able to tie the score at 68-all on a jumper by Gian Mamuyac.

    After a triple by the Thais, the nationals responded yet again with a triple by Mendoza to make it even again, 71-71.

    Thailand, however, continued to have an answer with Bassey hitting the critical jumper to break the deadlock.

    The scores:

    Thailand (74) — Bassey 34, Tabtim 13, Banchathon 11, Pamanee 6, Suwan 5, Leelaphipatkul 2, Jaimsawad 2, Thanarojwongsa 1, Kanhasin 0.

    Philippines (71) — Mendoza 22, Gallego 20, Bahio 9, Mamuyac 7, Tibayan 5, Flores 2, Carino 2, Pagsanjan 2, Yu 2, Lee 0, Sinclair 0, Madrigal 0.

    Quarters: 20-18, 33-31, 57-56, 74-71.

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    Justin Bassey led all scorers with 34 points to go with 21 rebounds. Photo from Fiba.com
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