Ildefonso’s hot start helps Batang Gilas torch Lebanon in Fiba U18 Asian Championship
Batang Gilas had an impressive debut after steamrolling Lebanon, 75-53, in the Fiba U18 Asian Championship Sunday night at Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dave Ildefonso set the tone, firing 11 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter, where the Filipinos built a double-digit lead.
The Philippines extended its lead to 20, 59-39, late in the third quarter and pushed it to 24, 71-47, after a 3-pointer by Joshua Ramirez with 5:28 remaining in the game.
AJ Edu also shone with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds that went with five blocks while Kai Sotto added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Fil-Italian guard Dalph Panopio collected 12 points, four rebounds and six assists.
With Edu and Sotto manning the paint, the Philippines outrebounded Lebanon, 61-36.
Batang Gilas goes for a 2-0 start against UAE on Monday.
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