Australia drops Philippines to battle for 3rd vs China

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kai Sotto, AJ Edu and the rest of the Batang Gilas, according to various Fiba reports, are the future of Philippine basketball.The road to that future took a minor bump Friday night when Australia took the fight out of the Philippines in the second period to forge a title showdown against New Zealand, which edged China, 87-82 in the other semifinal bracket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Australia scored the first eight points in the second period after a tight opening quarter before Callum Dalton nailed a couple of triples and Kody Stattman joined in the scoring fray to produce a strong finishing kick to the first half and build a 44-20 cushion.The Philippines and China will duel for the bronze medal on Saturday, before the Australia-New Zealand showdown. Batang Gilas drubbed the Chinese, 73-63, in the group stage. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kai Sotto vs Australian defenders. Photo from fiba.basketballIt was a lofty goal for Batang Gilas to begin with.But even in crashing out of its title bid in the Fiba Asia U18 tournament in Thailand after a 77-43 drubbing at the hands of powerhouse Australia, the Philippines can still embrace the optimism spurred by a team that has surprised pundits.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We will still do our best to get to the podium and make our country proud,” Ildefonso, the team skipper, told the Inquirer.Batang Gilas, led by Sotto and Edu, lost for the first time in the tournament, ending their title hopes.“If you notice, both finalists are the new countries in the Asian zone,” said current Gilas Pilipinas assistant Jong Uichico. “They are really a cut above the rest in the tournament. So reaching the semifinals and making it to the World Cup is a huge achievement for Batang Gilas.”Australia and New Zealand used to compete in the Oceania zone before a Fiba restructure put both countries in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lions log OT win MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more