MANILA, Philippines – Smart Gilas Pilipinas crushed the Lebanon Cedars to notch their first win, 78-68, in the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday.
Marcus Douthit led the Filipinos with a double-double performance of 25 points and 21 rebounds.
Douthit also received scoring support from his teammates and this enabled Gilas to upset Fadi El-Khatib’s high-scoring game.
Fadi El-Khatib led Lebanon with 24 points.
Gilas coach Chot Reyes was pleased with the performance of the Philippine team, which lost its opening game to a younger Chinese team, 71-68.
“We learnt from our mistakes last night,” Reyes said in FIBA.net.
“We were constantly reminding ourselves throughout the night, especially in the last few moments about last night. I think that kept us in good stead.”