MANILA, Philippines – The Gilas Philippines youth team dominated Kazakhstan, 83-60, to reach the quarter-finals of the FIBA U16 Asian Championships on Thursday at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall.
Lorenzo Bryan competed in the U16 national team’s balanced attack with 15 points to set a double in the quarter-finals against Australia on Friday.
Jacob Bella chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Christian Porter had 12 points, with Alex Conway and Jane Mahmoud adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Callum Harris gave Japan five points, nine rebounds and seven assists to bounce back from the previous rate.
The Kazakhs held the Filipinos to a 29-26 lead in the first eight minutes of the second quarter, but the Competitive Triple burned for a 10-point lead in their second frame assembly, 43-33.
Porter extended it to an 18-point spread, 53-35, with 52.6 seconds left in the half.
Giles led by 26 points in the second half and never looked back to get a chance to fight for the semifinals, which comes with a ticket to the 2022 FIBA Under-17 World Cup next month.
Daniel Severgin led Kazakhstan with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and three assists.
Philippines 83 – Eligible 15, Bayla 13, Porter 12, Conve 11, Mahmoud 10, Gameo 7, Harris 5, Baha’i 4, Jones 3, Nito 2, Reyes 1, Romero 0.
Kazakhstan 60 – Severgin 24, Dusenov 17, Kuantayev 10, Mukhajanov 4, Maksot 3, Marat 2, Aukesh 0, Samoilov 0, Muratuli 0, Khangriev 0, Aitkulov 0, Yesimkhan 0.
Quarters: 26-17, 53-35, 73-51, 83-60.
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