JAKARTA – The Philippines started its Asian Games men’s basketball campaign on an impressive note, beating Kazakhstan, 96-59, on Thursday at the GBK Basketball Hall to move closer to a quarterfinal berth.
Banking on its defense and smooth execution on the offensive end, the nationals mounted a big lead in the first half and never looked back.
The Philippines got the job done in beating Kazakhstan, the match head coach Yeng Guiao sees as the most critical in the ‘Gilastopainters’ campaign if the Nationals want to go deep into the Asiad basketball tournament.
The Philippines will next face China on Tuesday with Jordan Clarkson expected to play.
The win, in all likelihood, will put the Philippines in the quarterfinals barring any major upset in China’s game against Kazakhstan on August 23.
Clarkson, who played in the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, arrived at the GBK Basketball Hall during the third quarter, immediately joining the team at the bench.
The Philippines forced Kazakhstan to a sour 4-of-23 from the field for a 41-20 lead at the half.
Stanley Pringle had 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting, while Christian Standhardinger had 15 points for the Philippines, which took control early, 12-2. The Nationals made it 16-5 before ending the first period at 16-9.
The Gilastopainters wrested a 20-9 advantage in the second quarter on a triple by James Yap, who had 12 points in his return to international play.
The Philippines led by as many as 37 points.
Anton Bykov had 13 points for Kazakhstan, which shot 18 of 60 from the field.
Philippines 96 – Pringle 18, Standhardinger 15, Yap 12, Lee 10, Tiu 9, Norwood 7, Almazan 6, Erram 5, Belga 5, Taulava 5, Ahanmisi 4.
Kazakhstan 59 – Bykov 13, Gavrilov 9, Yergali 8, Zhigulin 7, Kuanov 6, Bazhin 6, Chsherbak 6, Maidekin 2, Marchuk 2, Yagodkin 0, Murzagaliyv 0, Satkeyev 0.
Quarterscores: 16-9; 41-20; 61-43; 96-59.