Possible Gilas opponent Kazakhstan, India win opening game in Asian Games cage qualifier
Gilas Pilipinas consultant Tab Baldwin (left) and deputy coach Jong Uichico were in the gallery to scout Kazakhstan and India, the possible opponent of the national team in its first game in the 17th Asian Games. Jerome Ascano

INCHEON, South Korea -- India and Kazakhstan opened its Group B campaign with rousing victories on Saturday at the start of the qualifying round of the men’s basketball competitions in the 17th Asian Games here.

India beat Palestine, 89-49, while Kazakhstan defeated Saudi Arabia, 89-59, during the opener at the Hwaseong Sports Complex and gain headway in their bid to advance into the preliminaries.

The top-seed team in Group B will be the first opponent of Gilas Pilipinas in the opener of Group E slated on Tuesday followed by the game against Fiba-Asia champion Iran.

Gilas Pilipinas assistant coaches Tab Baldwin, Jong Uichico, and Josh Reyes were in the gallery to scout their possible opponent when the team makes its debut in the quadrennial meet.

The entire Gilas Pilipinas team is scheduled to arrive here on Saturday.

Singh Amyjot scored 25 points for India, which made heads turn recently after stunning China in the last Fiba-Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.

In other results, Mongolia beat Hong Kong, 86-77, while Kuwait dropped Maldives, 116-44, in Group A matches at the Samsan World Gymnasium.

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