BATANG Gilas atoned for its stunning loss against Thailand the other day behind a 105-82 rout of India on Wednesday to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship in Tehran, Iran.
The Filipino quintet finished the preliminaries with a 2-3 win-loss record, but still good enough to make the quarterfinals and clinch the No. 3 spot in Group A.
The Batang Gilas bounced back after suffering a 74-71 upset at the hands of Thailand that momentarily put its quarterfinal hopes in jeopardy.
A daunting task is in the horizon for the team however, as it faces Group B second-ranked Korea to begin the knockout round on Friday.
Jolo Mendoza finished with 23 points for Batang Gilas, who began to pull away in the third period by outscoring India, 28-18, to take a 79-57 lead entering the fourth period.
Kenmark Carino had 14 points, while Gian Mamuyac and Fran Yu added 12 points each for the Philippines.
China topped Group A with a 5-0 mark and will face Group B fourth-seed and host Iran, while Japan, the third-seed in Group B, battles Chinese Taipei.
Lebanon faces India to complete the quarterfinal cast.
Philippines (105)—Mendoza 23, Carino 14, Yu 12, Mamuyac 12, Sinclair 9, Lee 9, Tibayan 7, Gallego 7, Pagsanjan 5, Bahio 4, Madrigal 2, Flores 1.
India (82)—Arthur Wilson 16, Gupta 11, Sahil 11, Mohammed Ali 10, Noushad 9, Poyamozh 8, Rachit 6, Ragupathy 5, Hansradj 2, Sayyed 2, Deepak 2.
Quarterscores: 30-21; 51-39; 79-57; 105-82.