FIBA U16 Asian Championship: Gilas Youth obliterates South Korea, sets showdown vs. Japan for FIBA U17 WC spot

Joaquin Ludovice caught fire from long range in Gilas Youth's historic win against South Korea. FIBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDAUE--In 2013, Chot Reyes rocked the Asian basketball scene as he coached Gilas Pilipinas to a huge win against South Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup in Pasay.

Ten years later, his son, Josh, did the same--and at a neutral ground at that.

Gilas Pilipinas Youth took down South Korea's own youth team in style, delivering a 95-71 beating on them in the first round of the FIBA U16 Asian Championship early Friday (Philippine Time) in Doha.

For the first time at least in the Gilas era, the Philippines beat South Korea in a FIBA U16 Asian Championship, and Gilas did so in style, dominating them from start to finish.

Joaquin Ludovice caught fire for Gilas Youth in South Korea's own game, burying an all-time record of seven three-pointers for a game-high 25 points with one rebound and five assists.

Kurt Velasquez added 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, Bonn Daja chipped in 13 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist, and Kieffer Alas put up 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Gilas Youth will take on Japan in the quarterfinals early Saturday (Philippine Time) with the winner not just qualifying for the semifinals but also clinching a spot in next year's FIBA U17 World Cup.

Daniel Edi led South Korea, which fell two steps short of qualifying for the FIBA U17 World Cup, with 18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal.

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