The Philippines made it rain in their first game at the Philippine Arena in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers to beat Lebanon, 107-96.
The win was also revenge for the Philippines who had lost to the Cedars back in Window 4, 85-81. Gilas Pilipinas are now on a four-game winning streak heading into their final game of the Asian Qualifiers on 27 February against Jordan.
That game will also be played at the Philippine Areana, the venue of the Final Phase of the World Cup later this year.
All but one player got on the scoreboard for the Philippines with six players scoring in double-digits led by hyped-up debutant Justin Brownlee (17 points). Brownlee had an efficient 17 points on 50 percent shooting to go with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Another debutant, Mason Amos, was also impressive in his first Gilas stint, putting up 13 points without a single miss, including three three-pointers.
Lebanon could not keep up with the Philippine in this game even with Amir Saoud (27 points) and Hayk Gyokchyan (21 points), and Sergio El Darwich (19 points) provided a lot of firepower.
The Cedars had a very efficient game offensively, shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the three-point line, but the Philippines were able to do so with more volume.