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Batang Gilas crushes Thailand, 105-48

By Ivan Saldajeno

CAGAYAN DE ORO--Batang Gilas continued to stomp its dominance in the SEABA U-16 Championship with a 105-48 rout of Thailand at the Xavier University Gym on Friday night.

The hosts pulled away in the last three quarters, even outscoring the Thais, 30-7, in the final frame, to win for the second straight time in the tournament.

Sam Belangel led the Philippine contingent, the reigning titleholder of the qualifier for the FIBA Asia U-16 Championship, with 16 points, eight assists, eight steals, and two rebounds, while Will Gozum added 13 points, eight rebounds, and a steal.

Including Belangel and Gozum, six Batang Gilas players finished in double figures. All but one player scored for the Filipino team.

Box Scores:

Philippines 105-Belangel 16, Gozum 13, Amsali 12, Berjay 11, Ildefonso 11, Pagsanjan 11, Tibayan 10, Mamuyac 8, Escalona 6, Gomez De Liano 4, Colonia 3, Flores 0

Thailand 48-Saengsri 8, Thitikhunrat 6, Jamgrajang 6, Phumphrao 5, Jaengyubol 5, Sonsem 4, Waisungnoen 4, Thipthaweetha 2, Sapsudawong 2, Kawirun 2, Atnawang 2, Intaranam 2

Quarterscores: 24-18, 49-29, 75-41, 105-48