THE Philippines beat Malaysia, 108-84, on Sunday to win its opening day assignment in the 2016 Seaba Stankovic Cup in Bangkok.
Troy Rosario finished with 17 points to lead the way for the Gilas cadtes in the lopsided win to start off the tournament.
Mac Belo added 16, while Mike Tolomia had 13 for the Philippine team, which also got 15 rebounds from Raymar Jose.
The team takes a break on Monday before facing Singapore the following day.
The Filipinos found themselves in a tight match with the Malaysians early on, 8-8, before putting some distance between themselves and their opponents at the end of the first quarter, 29-20.
They stretched the lead to 52-40 at the break, and then pulled away for good in the third period.
Philippines (108) - Rosario 19, Belo 16, Tolomia 13, Ferrer 12, Jalalon 10, Jose 9, Pessumal 8, Vosotros 7, Pogoy 6, Escoto 4, Holmqvist 4, Tibayan 0.
Malaysia (84) - Y. Wong 22, C. Ma 15, Y. Kwaan 12, H. Gan 10, T. Kuek 8, W. Choo 6, C. Liaw 5, I. Yeo 4, K. Teo 2, W. Ong 0, L. Mak 0, C Chin 0.
Quarterscores: 29-20; 52-40; 80-60, 108-84.