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Batang Gilas opens SEABA U-18 with rout of Thailand

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Posted at Apr 24 2016 12:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national under-18 team opened their campaign in the 2016 SEABA Under-18 championship by crushing Thailand, 101-45, Sunday at the Angkasapura Lanud Hall in Indonesia.

Five players scored in double-digits for Batang Gilas, led by team captain and Ateneo de Manila University commit Jolo Mendoza who had 16 points.

Joshua Sinclair added a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Batang Gilas clobbered the Thais on the boards, 52-31, while registering 20 assists to their opponents’ 5.

They also took advantage of Thailand’s 24 turnovers to score 27 points in transition. As a team, Batang Gilas shot 48% from the field, while holding the Thais to only 14-of-52 shooting.

No Thai player reached double-digits in scoring.

The Philippines will next face Laos.

The top three teams at the end of the tournament will earn spots to the 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Iran in July.

(READ: SBP promises FIBA OQT Manila to be ‘world-class event’)

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