Hot-shooting Gilas seals FIBA U18 WAC promotion with rout of Lebanon in Division B final

Gilas' women's U18 team is now in Division A! FIBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG--Gilas Pilipinas secured its spot in Division A in the FIBA U18 Women's Asia Cup after walloping Lebanon, 95-64, in the Division B final on Sunday at the Futian Sports Park in Shenzhen.

In a repeat of their group stage win, Gilas made it rain from beyond 22 feet as their superb three-point shooting decided the outcome.

What made the narrative even more fitting was that it was a late three to end the first quarter that sparked Gilas' breakaway.

After Lebanon, which banked on its interior presence, tied the game at 17-all Ava Fajardo ended the first period with a three-pointer to give the lead back to Gilas.

Gilas continued to sizzle from long range and erupted for 33 second-quarter points while holding Lebanon to just nine to blow the game wide open.

Alyssa Rodriguez led Gilas' charge from long range as she made six triples to finish with 22 points alongside one rebound, one assist, three steals, and one block.

As a entirety, Gilas converted 15 threes.

Alicia Villanueva added 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Gilas will take the place of Indonesia, which lost to Malaysia, 67-66, in their seventh-place battle on Friday.

Reem El Ghali exploded for 31 points alongside 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block for Lebanon.

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