MANILA – After losing a chance to claim a berth in the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championships, Batang Gilas nevertheless stayed alive for a fifth place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship after beating Kazakhstan, 86-74.
Batang Gilas lost a heartbreaker to Chinese Taipei, 90-86, on Wednesday to end their run for a place in the FIBA U-19 worlds. The loss also relegated them to the classification phase.
Against Kazakhstan, five players scored in double-digits for the Philippines, led by Paul Desiderio with 19 points. Radge Tonco had 13 markers, while Jolo Go, Kobe Paras, and Mark Dyke each scored 10 points.
Batang Gilas was able to take an early lead and had a 54-38 advantage at halftime, though Kazakhstan was able to make a run in the third quarter.
The Filipino youngsters were able to keep the Kazakhs away, however, and advanced to a showdown for fifth place against Japan today.
Four players finished in double-digits for Kazakhstan against the Philippines, led by Alexandr Danilchenko with 18 points and nine rebounds. Ruslan Aytkali had a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards.