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China razes Gilas Women at start of FIBA Asia campaign

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--China put on a scoring clinic on Monday night and romped the Gilas Pilipinas women's team, 143-53, on Day 1 of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup at the Prince Hamzah Sports Hall in Amman.

China broke loose late in the first quarter after Gilas somehow put up a gallant stand on them early on.

Although China would win in a wire-to-wire fashion, Gilas somehow kept the game close for the first six minutes of the game, trailing by just seven, 15-22, with 3:46 left in the first quarter.

But China finished the period with a 13-2 run and pulled away in the last three quarters.

Yang Liwei fired 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting including a perfect 6-for-6 from the two-point area, two rebounds, five assists, and five steals for China, which will next face neighboring Chinese Taipei on Tuesday night.

Li Yueru added 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one block off the bench.

Afril Bernardino led Gilas, which will face Australia at midnight Wednesday (Philippine Time) with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.

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