27.8 C
Friday, December 8, 2023

Gilas Boys stun Japanese, advance to Under-17 World Cup

Topscorer Kiefer Alas gets a hug from teammates. FIBA

By Peter Atencio

The Gilas Pilipinas Boys banked on the heroics of Keifer Alas and Bonn Ervin Daja to lift the Philippines to a 64-59 beating of Japan on Friday night in the quarterfinal classification matches of  2023 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship at the Gharafa Sports Club Multipurpose Hall in Doha, Qatar.

Daja, who only had six points, got crucial passes from the top-scoring Alas, and scored back-to-back jumpers that sealed the deal for the Filipinos.

Alas went on to finish with a game-high 29 points, leading the Filipinos to the  semifinals, and helping hand the Gilas Boys a ticket to the Under-17 World Cup next year in Turkey.

The Filipinos went on to grab a 64-59 edge with 54 seconds left, and Japan, led by Shogo Takata with 12 points, fell behind behind after missing four three-pointers in the remaining time.

The Philippines moved away after the Japanese side last threatened off  Ginga Sembo’s drive, 60-59, with 1:59 left.

Alas, the youngest brother of Kevin Alas, also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists, and had a steal and a block.

Joaquin Ludovice chipped in 11 10 points.

With the win, the Philippines joined  Australia, China, and New Zealand in the World Cup.

The  Boomers crushed Jordan, 117-50, China escaped Iran, 62-56, while the young New Zealand Tall Blacks hammered Qatar, 110-33.

The  Philippines takes on Australia in a first-time-ever showdown  in the under-16 division.



- Advertisement -


Popular Articles