Batang Gilas rips Thailand, stays unbeaten entering second round of Fiba-Asia Under 16
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THE Philippines defeated Thailand, 70-51, to complete a sweep of the preliminaries of the 2015 Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship on Friday at the Britama Arena in Jakarta.

Team captain SJ Belangel and Kris Pagsanjan had 10 points each in a balanced scoring attack for Batang Gilas, who broke loose via a 28-9 third period following a tight 30-27 score at halftime in the Group C game.

Jonas Tibayan added nine points, while Will Gozum added eight points and 10 rebounds in a fitting follow-up to a 98-58 win over Bahrain on the first day.

The Philippines will join the top three teams of Group D, which has China, Korea, Iraq, and India, to form Group F in the second round of the tournament.

The scores:

Philippines (70) — Belangel 10, Pagsanjan 10, Tibayan 9, Mamuyac 8, Gozum 8, Gomez De Llano 7, Ildefonso 6, Publico 4, Credo 4, Flores 2, Escalona 2.

Thailand (51) — Limjittakorn 11, Banchathon 10, Billaemun 8, Sonsem 6, Jaimsawad 5, Phithakphawashutthi 4, Arbu 3, Intaranam 2, Thitikhunkrat 2, Thanarojwongsa 0, Lertkijroongrueang 0, Iadprab 0.

Quarterscores: 14-12, 30-27, 58-36, 70-51.

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