Gilas flogs Chinese-Taipei in its turf


Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to return to 2019 FIBA World Cup looks even more promising as the Nationals whipped Chinese Taipei, 93-71, on Friday at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.

June Mar Fajardo cut loose with 22 points while Andray Blatche chipped in 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Filipinos demolished their opponents right on their turf.

The Philippines, which will play Australia for top place in Group B, clinched its fourth win in five outings.

Australia fell in ambush to Japan in nearby Chiba City, 79-78, for a 4-1 slate.

The Taiwanese built a 33-26 lead in the early goings as their outside shooting worked well, but the Filipinos soon started to hit their marks too.

By the end of the first half, the Filipinos were already enjoying a 44-37 lead, thanks to an 18-4 run.