Terrence Romeo regained his sharp shooting skills to power Gilas Pilipinas to a resounding 110-64 victory over Kuwait at the end of the preliminary round of the 28th FIBA Asia Championship at the Changsha Social Work College gymnasium in Changsha, China on Friday.
Romeo finished with 19 points including three triples while veteran Jason Castro added 16 points for the Philippines.
Romeo shot 6-of-10 in the field against the Kuwaitis, an improvement compared to his 6-of-13 during their game against Palestine and 3-of-16 against Hong Kong.
The 6’11 naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Gilas established a 44-11 lead in the second quarter and they did not look back from that point onward.
Calvin Abueva and JC Intal both posted 10 points while Ranidel De Ocampo and Dondon Hontiveros notched nine points apiece.
The 42-year-old veteran Paul Asi Taulava scored nine points plus 10 rebounds while Sonny Thoss had eight points also for Gilas.
Abdulrahman Alshammari scored 15 points, Abdullah Alsaeid had 13 and Mashari Abu Dhom had 12 for Kuwait.
The Philippines succeeded in 41 of 73 field goal attempts and had a 61.3—success percentage from the free throw line.
Gilas also posted more rebounds (52-26) and steals (10-7) than Kuwait.
The Philippines will face Group B’s top teams Iran, Japan and India in the second round.