The Philippines overpowered Thailand 86-49, in the finals, to pocket its eighth title in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Under-18 Championship held at the Angkasapura Lanud Hall in Medan, Indonesia late Thursday evening.
Batang Gilas completed a six-game sweep of the tournament with a 37-point rout of the Thais. They emerged as the top seed after the elimination round with a perfect 5-0 record.
With the win, the Philippines has secured a berth along with 16 other teams in the upcoming FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship to be held in Iran in July.
The Thais through their offense managed to edge Batang Gilas 17-19 in the seesaw first period.
However, the Filipinos returned with 31-point explosion in the second quarter en route to a 48-32 advantage going into the break.
It all went downhill for Thailand in the remaining two quarters as Batang Gilas sustained their offensive foiling all counterattack from the Thais.
Batang Gilas banked on their presence deep in the shaded area, scoring 50 of their total output from underneath the basket.
Prolific scorer Joshua Sinclair led Batang Gilas with 15 points and six boards. John Bahio had a double-double performance of 12 markers and 13 boards while forward Gian Mamuyac notched 14 points.
Evan Nelle and Jonas Tibayan added 11 points each.
During the elimination round, the Philippines clobbered Thailand, 101-45, then outclassed Laos, 133-52, stopped Malaysia, 87-68, thumped Singapore, 87-52, and blasted Indonesia, 113-73.