Gilas 5.0 fails to sustain form in FIBA Asia Challenge Cup debut loss against India
Gilas dropped a 91-83 loss to India in its FIBA Asia Challenge Cup debut. Dante Peralta

INDIA repulsed Gilas 5.0, 91-83, in their Fiba Asia Challenge Cup opener in Tehran, Iran on Saturday morning. 

Amjyot Singh led India's balanced attack with game-high 24 points, 18 rebounds, and two assists.

The 24-year-old cager also got plenty of help from Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amritpal Singh.

Bhriguvanshi had 20 markers, while Amritpal Singh came away with a near double-double of 16 points and eight rebounds.

After Gilas took a slim 75-74 lead on Jaymar Perez's jumper with 4:47 left in the fourth period, the Indians gained steam and built an 86-79 cushion they never relinquished.

Mac Belo paced the Philippines with 21 points and five rebounds. 

Ed Daquioag and Russel Escoto added 15 and 11, respectively, for the Filipinos, who rolled on to a scintillating 14-4 start but squandered the lead in the second period. 

The Indians seized control and even led by 11, 64-53, in the final minutes of the third period. 

But Gilas refused to fold. The boys of coach Josh Reyes egrouped and regained the cushion, 75-54.

Behind Amjyot, though, the Indians held Gilas off in the last four minutes of action, foiling the Filipinos' comeback hopes.


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