Thirdy Ravena starred off the bench for Gilas Pilipinas as it bucked foul trouble to take down host Indonesia, 100-70, in the first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers at the Britama Arena in Jakarta Sunday.
The younger Ravena was a steadying force for the Philippines and scattered 13 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter to help his side overcome a pesky Indonesian side that repeatedly found its way back before running out of steam in the final period.
Ravena also added 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as Gilas also drew a big offensive night from Roger Pogoy, who scored 16 points and grabbed 6 boards.
Gilas had difficulty dusting off Indonesia in the first three periods and repeatedly got into penalty to send their counterparts to the line, where the hosts took advantage to creep within 55-51 at one point in the third quarter.
That would be the last time they would threaten, though, as the Filipinos rattled off a quick 12-0 run to gain some separation before the end of the quarter. Thirdy continued a big third period and helped swing momentum towards Gilas' side during that run by dropping five straight -- two on free throws off an unsportsmanlike foul and a three to continue piling the pressure on Indonesia.
The rest of his teammates picked it up in the final period, where Gilas led by as many as 32 and steamrolled past Indonesia by outscoring them 33-17.
CJ Perez was also productive and tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, while Kiefer Ravena and Juan Gomez de Liano wound up with 10 each.
Only Andakara Prastawa (28 points) and Abraham Grahita (17) breached double figures for Indonesia, which fell to 0-2 after the first window.
Gilas Pilipinas (100) -- Ravena T. 23, Pogoy 16, Perez 11, Gomez de Liano 10, Ravena K. 10, Rosario 7, Chua 6, Tratter 5, Erram 5, Ramos 5, Nieto 2, Go 0.
Indonesia (70) -- Prastawa 28, Grahita 17, Wicaksono 6, Lakudu 5, Kosahih 4, Gemilang 4, Wisnu 4, Sitorus 2, Joni 0.
Quarters: 18-15, 37-28, 67-53, 100-70.
- Gilas held a massive advantage on the boards, 55-33, and were buoyed by a staggering lead on offensive rebounds (23-7). Thirdy's 8 in that department were a team-high.
- All of Indonesia's 9 first-half turnovers came on 9 Gilas steals. It ended up having 16 errors in the game. Gilas also ran the break effectively, getting the 23-5 edge in fast break points.