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FIBA Asia Under 18: Batang Gilas bow to Australia, will play for bronze next

Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas couldn't keep up with the stronger Australian side. Courtesy of FIBA website

Australia defeated the Philippines 77-43 in the semifinals of the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship at Stadium 29 in Bangkok on Friday.

The Australians will face New Zealand in the gold-medal game, while Batang Gilas will play China in a battle for bronze on Saturday.

It was the Philippines' first loss after 4 wins in a row.

AJ Edu led Batang Gilas with 9 points and 10 rebounds, while Kai Sotto tallied just 2 points to go with 8 rebounds.

After trailing just 14-12 in the first quarter, the Filipinos unraveled in the second.

Australia pressed the Batang Gilas ball-handlers and used its length to neutralize big men Sotto and Edu, and outscore the Philippines 30-8 in the second quarter.

At halftime, the lead ballooned to 44-20 as coach Darren Perry's squad cruised to victory, its fifth straight.

Australia routed the Philippines 46-16 in the second and third quarters combined.

The last time the 2 countries met, Australia won by default 79-48 after both sides engaged in a free-for-all in a 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying game at Philippine Arena on July 2.

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