CHANGSA, China — Gilas Pilipinas went charging in guns blazing as it unleashed shock and awe on a hapless Hong Kong side, scoring a 101-50 victory on Thursday in the Fiba Asia Championship at the the Changsha Social Work College’s Gymnasium.
An emphatic first half surge put the Philippines in control and Gilas kept the pressure in the endgame to even its record to 1-1.
It was a big recovery after the D-Day disaster against Palestine, although Gilas Pilipinas still had some anxious moments.
The match finally showed what the preliminary round was meant to be for the fancied Gilas squad, an early show of overwhelming force and a preparation for Asia’s powers.
A quick 12-0 blast set the tone for the rout and Gilas continued the barrage until the end, with JC Intal making his shot with 10 ticks left for the biggest margin of 51 and final tally.
The gunners also found their range after firing blanks in the opener, with skipper Dondon Hontiveros making three treys and Jayson Castro going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Castro wound up with 21 points including five triples, while Hontiveros finished with 14 with four treys.
Andray Blatche scored 17 points in under 18 minutes of action, Terrence Romeo chipped in with 11 points and Ranidel de Ocampo scored 10 and pulled down eight rebounds.
Two players hit double-figure scores for Hong Kong, with Siu Wing Chan registering 13 markers and Duncan Reid coming up with 11.
Gilas Pilipinas 101 – Castro 21, Blatche 17, Hontiveros 14, Romeo 11, De Ocampo 10, Abueva 8, Ganuelas 7, Intal 5, Thoss 4, Taulava 2, Pingris 2, Norwood 0.
Hong Kong 50 – Chan 13, Reid 11, Wong 7, Xu 6, Au-Yeung 5, Lin 5, Cheng 2, Leung 1, So 0, Lau 0, Lee 0, Szeto 0.