GILAS-Pilipinas kicked off its campaign in the 19th Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitational Championship with a rousing 110-78 blowout of Indonesia on Tuesday afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Garvo Lanete led all Gilas scorers with 21 points, PBA stalwarts KG Canaleta and Gary David combined for 31, while Kevin Alas added 11 in the 32-point rout of the Under-23 Indonesian team.
The Nationals held a 25-18 lead at the end of the first period, before finally stretching it to 18 points (83-65) entering the final quarter.
Gilas will next face host Hong Kong on Wednesday, and then ends its preliminary round campaign in Group B with a game opposite Malaysia on Thursday.
Four other teams make up Group A of the meet – defending champion Southern California Fukienese Association, Hong Kong Xinlibao Bulls, Changsa Park, and Thailand.
The top two teams in each group battle each other in Saturday’s crossover semifinals, with the winning teams clashing in Sunday’s championship game.