MANILA – The much-awaited encounter with host Indonesia turned out to be a blowout win for Gilas Pilipinas.
With Thirdy Ravena rising to the occasion, a foul-troubled Team Gilas held on down the stretch on the way to blasting host Indonesia, 100-70, in the nationals’ debut game in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers at the Britama Arena in Jakarta Sunday.
The younger Ravena was a steadying force for the Philippines and scattered 13 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter to help his side overcome a pesky Indonesian side that repeatedly found its way back before running out of steam in the final period.
Ravena also added 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as Gilas also drew a big offensive night from Roger Pogoy, who scored 16 points and grabbed 6 boards.
Gilas had difficulty dusting off Indonesia in the first three periods and repeatedly got into penalty to send their counterparts to the line, where the hosts took advantage to creep within 55-51 at one point in the third quarter.
But that was the last time they would threaten before the Filipinos unloaded a searing 12-0 run that gave them a comfortable lead at the end of the quarter.
Thirdy’s big third period performance helped swing momentum towards Gilas’ side.
During that run, he dropped five straight points — two on free throws off an unsportsmanlike foul and a three to continue piling the pressure on Indonesia.
The rest of his teammates picked it up in the final period, where Gilas led by as many as 32 and steamrolled past Indonesia by outscoring them 33-17.
CJ Perez was also productive and tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, while Kiefer Ravena and Juan Gomez de Liano wound up with 10 each.
Only Andakara Prastawa (28 points) and Abraham Grahita (17) breached double figures for Indonesia, which fell to 0-2 after the first window.
Gilas Pilipinas (100) — Ravena T. 23, Pogoy 16, Perez 11, Gomez de Liano 10, Ravena K. 10, Rosario 7, Chua 6, Tratter 5, Erram 5, Ramos 5, Nieto 2, Go 0.
Indonesia (70) — Prastawa 28, Grahita 17, Wicaksono 6, Lakudu 5, Kosahih 4, Gemilang 4, Wisnu 4, Sitorus 2, Joni 0.
Quarters: 18-15, 37-28, 67-53, 100-70. (iamigo/sovereignph.com/ESPN)