Veteran Jayson Castro finished with 21 points plus five rebounds as Gilas Pilipinas routed Hong Kong 101-51 on Thursday in the preliminary round of 28th FIBA Asia Championship at the Changsha Social Work College gymnasium in Changsha, China.
After suffering a 73-75 loss to Palestine in the opening day on Wednesday, Gilas started strong establishing a comfortable 28-15 lead in the first quarter. The Philippines, now with a 1-1 win-loss record, managed to sustain their lead until the last three periods.
“We are happy about the result because the players played productively. They played well with positive attitude,” Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin told The Manila Times via overseas call. “I’m hoping we keep our good attitude and intensity in our upcoming games.”
The 6’11 naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche scored 17 points via 6-of-11 shooting in the field plus eight rebounds, two steals and a block. Homegrown veteran Dondon Hontiveros notched 4-of-6 in the three-point zone for 14 points with seven rebounds.
Forward Ranidel De Ocampo finished with 10 points and eight rebounds; guard Terrence Romeo had 11 points, Calvin Abueva had eight points and Matt Rosser-Ganuelas seven points for Gilas.
Gilas bested Hong Kong in the rebound department 62-38 and posted more three-point shots (14-5), assists (16-10), steals (8-4) and blocks (6-10).
Hong Kong also suffered more fouls (21-16) and turnovers (14-10) than the Philippines.
Gilas Pilipinas will battle Kuwait at 4:45 p.m. today, its last assignment in the preliminary round.