WHATEVER E-Gilas was feeling in their first game against Australia, they completely shook it off for game number two.
The Philippine side took sweet revenge in a stellar 81-55 win — a complete reversal (plus a hefty chunk of change) of the first match’s result of 70-53.
Aljon "Shintarou" Cruzin, the Philippine side’s star player and generally acknowledged one of the region’s best NBA 2K point guards, was in top form from both beyond the arc and on the paint. Taking both wide open threes and penetrating deep into the paint for dunks, he ended up with 37 points.
Ever the playmaker, Shintarou's assists to both Philippe "IzzoIV" Herrero IV and Custer "Custer" Galas also resulted in quick alley oops or uncontested threes.
Clark "Clark" Banzon, meanwhile, contributed 19 points for the Philippines off 6-of-11 shooting.
E-Gilas set the pace early, pulling away by the second half with a 16-point lead. A valiant effort in the succeeding frames by Australia’s shooting guard Coopr and power forward Squoogs was not enough to get the E-Boomers even close.
At a previous match, Philippine team captain Philippe “IzzoIV” Herrero acknowledged that there may have been latency issues that affected the Philippine play during their first game against Australia. Looks like that’s completely solved now — and how.
As expected, E-Gilas took the next game against Indonesia, 65-50. This time, their nemesis fought hard against a potential blowout. Trailing 35-22 at the start of the third quarter, Indonesia mounted a huge rally, and at 1:14 left in the final frame they came close to evening it out with just a 3-point gap. But E-Gilas responded with a 12-point explosion, off the back of a flurry of threes from Shintarou and Clark, ending the day on a decisive note.
With a 3-1 record in their first day in the Fiba Esports Open, E-Gilas is now tied with Australia in the Southeast Asia and Oceania group stage with 7 points.
E-Gilas will face Indonesia again tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., followed by a third game against Australia at 6:30 p.m. The Southeast Asia and Oceania finals will commence at 7:20 p.m.