GIAN Mamuyac and Joshua Sinclair carried the Philippines over Malaysia, 87-68, on Monday as Batang Gilas inched closer to a finals seat in the 2016 Seaba Under-18 Championship in Medan, Indonesia.
Mamuyac had 18 points, while Sinclair posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds in helping Batang Gilas notch their third win in as many games, but not after surviving a tough challenge from the Malaysians in the first period.
The victory put the Philippine youth team on the threshold of a finals seat as the Batang Gilas are on top of the standings with a 3-0 record. Indonesia was playing Thailand at posting time with the hosts' 2-0 win-loss record at stake.
The Philippines started sluggishly and even trailed, 22-24, after the first period. But the Batang Gilas cagers opened the second with 11 unanswered points, led by Mamuyac before Sinclair’s two free throws put them ahead, 33-24.
Jonas Tibayan added 11 points and eight rebounds for Batang Gilas, who will face Singapore on Tuesday.
Philippines (87)—Mamuyac 18, Sinclair 14, Tibayan 11, Lee 9, Nelle 8, Yu 8, Bahio 8, Flores 6, Mendoza 5, Gozum 0, Madrigal 0, Alfaro 0.
Malaysia (68)—K. Soong 22, S. Rosli 10, J. Lee 8, P. Wong 7, K. Siew 6, Y. Liew 5, M. Chin 3, Y. Heng 2, W. Tan 2, J. Lim 2, Z. Thea 1, X. Ooi 0.
Quarters: 22-24, 46-40, 66-52, 87-68.