Gilas Pilipinas regained its shooting touch and its winning ways, hacking out a runaway 77-62 victory over Saudi Arabia in a mighty bounce back in the King Abdullah Cup on Tuesday night.
The Filipinos shot better from the field in their second outing at the Prince Hamzah Sports Hall in Amman, Jordan, hitting 7-of-13 from three-point range in the opening half to key their early breakaway.
Big man Justine Baltazar stood at the forefront of Gilas’ attack, scoring 11 of his 16 points during that stretch including three from beyond the arc.
PBA special Gilas draftee Isaac Go had another solid outing for the team with 10 points and keyed a late first half run that gave the Filipinos their first sizeable lead at 43-26.
It was breeze for Gilas from there as it now evened its record at 1-1 after dropping its opening day game against Egypt, 73-60, when it struggled with its shooting from the field.
Baltazar added three rebounds and four assists, while hitting four triples in the game that saw Gilas led by as many as 20 early in the final quarter.
Philippines 77 – Baltazar 16, Kouame 10, Go 10, Ildefonso 8, Ramos 7, Ravena 6, Heading 6, Tamayo 5, Navarro 3, Abarrientos 3, Chiu 2, Belangel 1, Suerte 0, Mi. Nieto 0.
Saudi Arabia 62 – Alsuwailem 18, Gabar 12, Jalas 10, Kadi 8, Shubayli 5, Ma. Almarwani 2, Mo. Almarwani 2, Albargawi 2, Alhosawe 2, Belal 1, Alsager 0, Althalabi 0, Brnawi 0.
Quarterscores: 19-14, 43-30, 65-49, 77-62.