E-Gilas draws first blood in Fiba Esports Open with dominant wins over Indonesia

Jun 19, 2020

MAKE it two in a row for E-Gilas Pilipinas as it dominated Indonesia, 64-30, to sweep the Friday games in the 2020 Fiba Esports Open.

It took time for the Philippines, though, to wiggle away from its foes, flipping the game from a 15-14 deficit at the 2:25 mark of the second quarter and used an 11-0 spurt to take a 25-15 lead at the half.

From there, it was no mercy for the Filipinos as they once again dialled in on the defensive end and limited the Indonesians to just 15 points for the remainder of the match.

Aljon "Shintarou" Cruzin powered that pullaway with 21 points, while Custer "Aguila" Galas added 17 points in the blowout. Rial "Rial" Polog Jr. added 10 in the win.

The rout gave E-Gilas Pilipinas a 2-0 lead in the five-match series in the Southeast Asian conference of the maiden esports basketball tourney.

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In the first game, played at 6:45 p.m. today, the Philippine victory was even more decisive. The Philippines asserted its will early on, with Cruzin helping his side take a 17-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

He also put the exclamation point in the rout with an emphatic dunk with 47.6 remaining in the game.

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Cruzin finished with 22 points, seven assists, and three rebounds, while teammate Clark "Clark" Banzon added 10 points and four dimes.

E-Gilas Pilipinas just refused to step on the brakes, with its defense truly working wonders against the Indonesian foes.

"From the start, talagang ang order nga sa amin is shoot to kill," said team captain Philippe "Izzo" Herrero IV. "From first quarter to fourth quarter, kahit tambak yan ng 20 o 30 or 100, same as the first quarter to the fourth quarter dapat."

Philippines and Indonesia will once again face off on Saturday, with their third match scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

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