For the second straight game, the Philippines showed no mercy against an overmatched opponent, 110-64 victory over Kuwait.
The Philippine squad, which opened the tournament with a stunning defeat to Palestine on Wednesday, will move into the second round beginning Sunday, where it will play defending champion Iran, Japan, and India. The final schedule of second-round games is yet to be determined.
Terrence Romeo had his best game of the tournament so far, scoring 19 points. Jayson Castro also continued his fine showing for Gilas Pilipinas with 16 points.
Calvin Abueva and JC Intal added 10 points, Dondon Hontiveros made nine markers and Andray Blatche had eight as all players from the team made it to the scoring column.
Gilas (110) — Romeo 19, Castro 16, Intal 10, Abueva 10, Taulava 9, Hontiveros 9, De Ocampo 9, Thoss 8, Blatche 8, Ganuelas 6, Norwood 4, Pingris 2.
Kuwait (64) — Alshammari 15, Alsaeid 13, Abu Dhom 12, Alhamidi 9, Borhamah 7, Aljuma’h 5, Hasan 3, Alshammari M. 0, Marzouq 0, Alzafiri 0.
Quarter Scores: 34-11; 55-27; 87-48; 110-64.
Tempers flared in the closing seconds when Abdulaziz Alhamidi lost his cool and confronted a referee after getting his lips busted by Ranidel De Ocampo. Instead of defending a Gilas Pilipinas play, the Kuwaiti instead stared at the official in one sequence.Gilas will take a break on Saturday before plunging back to action on Sunday.
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Video Clip: Commotion Breaks Out At The End Of Gilas’ Win Over Kuwait
Posted by Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 on Friday, September 25, 2015
According to GMA News reports on why Ranidel De Ocampo bloodied the lip of ejected Kuwaiti player – “Start pa lang ng game ‘yung number 12 masyado nang nananakit,” De Ocampo told reporters after the game when asked about the incident. “Sinampal niya si Dondon (Hontiveros), binigwasan niya si Jayson (Castro), binalibag niya si Calvin (Abueva), dalawang beses niyang natatamaan si Terrence (Romeo).
“Kahit anong mangyari, s’yempre kailangan protektahan ko ‘yung mga teammate ko,” he added.
“Nung sinuntok niya na ako sa bayag ko, ibang usapan na ‘yun,” he said. “‘Yun, galit na galit. E ngayon siya ‘yung duguan.”