Gilas Youth trips Chinese Taipei to stay unbeaten ahead of Fiba Asia U18 playoffs
MANILA, Philippines — Mason Amos came to the rescue in the fourth quarter as Gilas Pilipinas youth team fended off Chinese Taipei, 84-73, on Tuesday to stay unscathed heading into the quarterfinal of the Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship at Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran, Iran.
The 6-foot-7 Amos delivered 13 of his 28 points in the payoff period, highlighted with a big trey to beat the shot clock for a 79-68 separation with 2:05 remaining as Gilas Pilipinas never looked back.
The Ateneo commit, who shot 12-of-20 from the field, also had six rebounds and three assists.
James Nacua has 16 points from four triples. Joshua Coronel put up with nine points and seven rebounds, while Seven Gagate also scored nine and grabbed three boards for Gilas Pilipinas.
Another victory will propel Gilas Youth to the Fiba U19 World Cup. The top four countries will qualify.
Chun Sheng Chang unleashed 24 points off four three-pointers and had six rebounds to lead Chinese Taipei. Te Chi Hsu and Chun Yen Kuo had 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
Chinese Taipei finished 2-1 in Group C before entering the quarters.
PHILIPPINES 84 — Amos 28, Nacua 16, Coronel 9, Gagate 9, Bahay 8, Pablo 5, Gamber 4, Alao 3, Abadam 2, Porter 0, Demisana 0.
CHINESE TAIPEI 73 — Chun SC 24, Te 14, Chun YK 11, Ming HC 6, Lu 5, Tzu 4, Yi 3, Hsuan 3, Yu 3, Ming JX 0, Bo 0.
Quarters: 28-20, 42-39, 60-63, 84-73.