Aljon Cruzin catches fire as Team PH sizzles at start of FIBA Esports Open

Aljon Cruzin catches fire as Team PH sizzles at start of FIBA Esports Open

The Philippine team prepares for its battle against Indonesia. SBP
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Aljon Cruzin waxed hot for the Philippine team as it pummeled Indonesia in back-to-back games to start the FIBA Esports Open on Friday night.

Cruzin, behind his hot scoring, nearly outscored his opponents in the first two games of their best-of-five series as the Filipino side scored blowout wins to open their campaign in the Southeast Asian Conference.

Playing the point guard spot, Cruzin played like a "point god", dropping 22 points in Game 1 along with three rebounds and seven assists to lead the Philippines to a 56-29 wire-to-wire win over Indonesia.

Indonesia had a shot at getting back at the Philippine team in Game 2, even taking the lead in the second quarter.

But a run to end the period did the trick for the Philippines as it finished the job with a 64-30 win behind a 23-point performance from Cruzin.

The Philippines can clinch the series against Indonesia in Game 3 on Saturday night, but even if that happens, the last two games of the series, Game 4 also on Saturday night and Game 5 on Sunday night, will still be played.

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