- PH team overcomes sluggish start
- Terrence Romeo leads rout
- 1 seed going into the knockout stages
CHANGSA CITY, China – At first, it seemed like Gilas Pilipinas was still high on their stunning win against Iran to pay any attention to India.
In the end however, the Filipinos staved off a potential meltdown of epic proportions in the second leg of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship as they finally put away their opponents in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Leading the rout for Gilas was Terrence Romeo who ended up with an all-around performance of 20 points, 3 rebound 4 assists and 3 steals. Helping him seal the deal were five other Gilas players who posted double figure scores.
Amritpal Singh chalked up 18 points and 13 rebounds for India’s losing effort.
While the Indians stayed close to Gilas for much of the three quarters of the game, the Filipinos finally began to pull away in the third quarter thanks to a full-court defense and Marc Pingris’ acrobatic shots.
Entering the fourth quarter with a 65-50 lead, Gilas was threatened one last time with an 8-1 run by India to cut the lead by 7 points. However, the Filipinos swung back the momentum in their favor with a 5-0 blast of their own.
In the end, it was a total m******e as Gilas outscored India 34-15 in the final minutes of the game.
With the win, Gilas enters the quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed and the heavy favorite to reach the finals. Since their stunning loss to Palestine in the tourney’s opening stages, the Filipinos have swept away all of their succeeding opponents—Kuwait, Japan, Iran, and India—to take a 4-1 win-loss record.
Gilas will again play on Thursday after a one-day break. They will face the last-placed qualifer in Group E—either Lebanon or Jordan.
Full box score can be seen at FIBA Asia.