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Batang Gilas banks on Mendoza's hot shooting to repulse Iraq

By Ivan Saldajeno

TEHRAN--Jolo Mendoza sizzled from deep to help Batang Gilas fend off Iraq, 96-79, in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship on Saturday night.

Mendoza dropped four straight triples in the first half to help the Philippine team pull away from a slow start en route to the blowout.

Mendoza finished with seven triples and ended up with 25 points for Batang Gilas, which bounced back from a stunning defeat to Chinese Taipei in their opener.

The said victory also gave the RP youth squad a 3-0 sweep of their Saturday assignments as their 3X3 team won back-to-back games in Kuala Lumpur.

Ihab Al-Zuhairi carried the fight for Iraq, which was dealt a 28-93 defeat by China on Friday night, with 39 points, 24 rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and three steals.

Box Scores:

Philippines 96-Mendoza 25, Sinclair 21, Gallego 12, Yu 10, CariƱo 8, Mamuyac 7, Flores 4, Bahio 4, Tibayan 2, Madrigal 2, Lee 1, Pagsanjan 0

Iraq 79-Al-Zuhairi 39, Fadhil 11, Abbas 8, Al-Saedi 7, Jassanee 6, Obaidi 6, Al-Draisawi 2, Abdalla 0, Saadullah 0, Albomghee 0, Albo Mousa 0

Quarterscores: 26-17, 56-39, 81-60, 96-79

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