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Batang Gilas pounds UAE for second straight win

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Batang Gilas routs UAE (0:53)

Batang Gilas pounded UAE 92-49 for their second straight victory in the 2018 FIBA U18 Asian Championship. (0:53)

Batang Gilas displayed their dominant height and size as they squashed United Arab Emirates, 92-49, in their second game of the 2018 FIBA U18 Asian Championship on Monday at the Bangkok Thai-Japan Youth Center in Thailand.

AJ Edu scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the first half to set the pace of another rout. Kai Sotto had 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Fresh from their strong outing against Lebanon the previous night, the Philippines showed no slippage against UAE as they started the game with a 10-0 blast. The young Gilas did not slow down the rest of the way especially in the fourth period. Already owning a 25-point edge after three quarters, they continued their onslaught with a 16-0 run to start the quarter, removing any doubt of the victor.

Similar to Batang Gilas' first game, it was their height that overwhelmed their opponent. Headliners Sotto and Edu put up huge numbers but they got significant contributions from their fellow bigs as well as the wing players. Raven Cortez only had six points but led the team in rebounds with 13 off the bench. As a team, the Philippines dominated the rebounding department, 66- 26, with six players hauling down at least five boards.

Also worth noting from Batang Gilas are key contributions from Rhayyan Amsali who had 13 points and five rebounds and Xyrus Torres' four straight 3-pointers in the final frame.

Size has proven to be the most potent weapon for the young national team, but the players' ability to play multiple positions have also been vital. If Sotto and Edu are on the bench resting, combinations of players such as Bismarck Lina, Dave Ildefonso, Cortez, Amsali can man the paint while also being able to extend in the perimeter.

Mohamed Mahmoud Asad Ahmed Alhashmi had 18 points for UAE while Hamid Abdullateef Abdulelah Abdullateef Albreiki added 11.

Batang Gilas are now 2-0 and have guaranteed at least a playoff for a quarterfinals spot. If they win tomorrow against China, they top Group B, and earn an automatic slot to the quarterfinals.

THE SCORES

PHILIPPINES 92 - Edu 16, Sotto 14, Amsali 13, Torres 12, Panopio 7, Abadiano 6, Cortez 6, Lina 6, Ramirez 5, Oczon 3, Chiu 2, Ildefonso 2.

UAE 49 - Alhashmi 18, Albreiki 11, Hussein 8, Ablooshi 4, Abloushi 4, Almaeeni 4, S. Alhammadi 0, Alhosani 0, Alketbi 0, Alsawan 0.

Quarters: 29-14, 50-31, 69-41, 92-49.