India surprises Gilas in FIBA Asia Challenge opener

By Ivan Saldajeno

TEHRAN—The first international game of the fifth incarnation of Gilas Pilipinas ended in a shocking defeat.

India scored a 91-83 upset of the Philippine squad in the first game of their respective FIBA Asia Challenge campaigns early Saturday (Philippine Time).

The Indians outscored the Filipinos, 52-33, in the middle two quarters to take a 68-58 lead entering the fourth period.

Gilas still put up a fight, going on a 17-4 run to retake the lead, 75-74, but India answered with a 17-5 rally of its own to secure the shocker.

Amjyot Singh led the Indians with 24 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block, while Vishesh Bhriguvanshi added 20 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals, and one block.

Mac Belo tallied 21 points, five rebounds, and one steal for Gilas, which was lethargic in shooting all game long.

Despite forcing 21 turnovers on India and limiting the team to only 67 field goal attempts, Gilas failed to capitalize, making only 29 of 86 shots compared to 31 conceded to its opponents.

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