Gilas still unbeaten in FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers after crushing Indonesia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) – A second-half scoring blitz propelled Gilas Pilipinas to a commanding 76-51 victory over Indonesia in the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga.

Ange Kouame and Justine Baltazar, one-half of the young Gilas frontcourt, chipped in 11 points each to lead Gilas to a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament.

Spitfire guard Dwight Ramos tallied a double-double effort with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Tab Baldwin-mentored squad.

Both teams had a slow offensive start in the first half, with Gilas only scoring 15 points each in the first two quarters. The Filipinos held a 30-22 lead after 20 minutes of action.

Like in their wire-to-wire win against South Korea last June 16, the young Gilas players responded with a different game approach in the second half as they became more aggressive in getting good looks to the basket.

Gilas held Indonesia scoreless for almost seven minutes in the third canto as they went on a 15-3 scoring run.

The Filipinos continued their scoring rampage in the fourth quarter to get their biggest lead in the game in the final score.

Indonesia's naturalized player and former PBA import Lester Prosper was the lone bright spot for the Southeast Asian team. He finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Only six players of the Rajko Toroman-mentored national team scored in the game, but only Prosper posted double-digits for Indonesia, which now holds a 1-4 record in the tournament.

Gilas looks to close out its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers with a sweep as they again battle South Korea on June 20, Sunday, at 3 p.m.