Gilas Youth stayed alive to continue its bid in the FIBA U17 World Cup after defeating Kazakhstan with a 23 points advantage, 83-60, in the FIBA U16 Asian Championship yesterday in Qatar.

/ 17 June 2022

Gilas had a good start in the first half of the game by leading as many as 18 points at the end, thanks to the 27-9 that ended the second quarter at 53-35.

The Filipino cagers were able to keep the momentum in the third frame and stretched the lead into 24 points with Bryan Competente commandeering the team with his 15 points, six rebounds, and four steals.

While Jacob Bayla helped inside with 13 points, nine boards, six steals, and three assists followed by Kristian Porter’s 12 points, Alex Konov’s 11 points and five rebounds, and Zain Mahmood’s 10 points.

The gap of Kazakhstan reached a high of 26 which gave them no signs of hope and finished at 73-51 at the end of the third quarter despite Daniil Severgin’s efforts of pouring 24 points on top of nine rebounds, seven steals, and three assists.

Gilas capped the victory in the fourth quarter at 83-60 as five men from the team contributed twin digits performance, and neglected the efforts of Zhangir Dyussenov of Kazakhstan to turn the tides down with his 17 points.

With such a feat, the Philippines punched a ticket to the semifinals and a spot in the 22 FIBA Under-17 World Cup set for next month.