GUADALAJARA, Spain -- Gilas Pilipinas handily beat the Congo national team 102-80 in a closed door friendly at the Palacio Multiusos de Guadalajara on Tuesday evening.
Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar combined for 47 points and helped the Philippines get off to a hot start. Blatche connected on back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minutes as Gilas Pilipinas rushed to a 32-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Congo cut into that lead but still trailed 53-44 at halftime.
Gilas Pilipinas clamped down in the third quarter, outscoring Congo 31-16, and led 84-60 going into the final period.
Philippine head coach Yeng Guaio admitted the victory was a surprise result, saying he was pleased to see the team's offense click into gear this early.
"I am actually pleasantly surprised," Guaio said. "I knew we have a really good team. The chemistry was really good, cohesion was good. We shot the ball well."
"For a 40 minute game, to score 102 points against a national team, I guess that shows that offensively the system is working," Guiao added.
Despite the positive result, Guiao stressed the team shouldn't dwell on the victory and focus on improving as a unit.
"It's a good sign, but we don't really want to put too much emphasis on that win. What we want to emphasize is to just to keep working, grinding it out, and focusing on execution," Guiao concluded.
The Philippines will wrap up their camp in Guadalajara with a friendly against the Ivory Coast national team on Wednesday, before travelling to Malaga for a pocket tournament on Thursday.