Gomez De Liaño brothers help Gilas Pilipinas assert mastery over Thailand

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Photo courtesy: FIBA Asia Cup 2021 website

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 30) – The Gomez De Liaño brothers led Gilas Pilipinas' scoring charge to notch another win against Thailand, 93-69, and maintain their unblemished record in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers on Monday at Manama, Bahrain.

Older brother Javi had a sensational night in the field, converting 7-of-8 field goals and all his four attempts from the rainbow area, to be the Gilas' scoring leader with 19 points.

Younger sibling Juan was among the three other players of Coach Jong Uichico who finished with double digits in scoring with 14 points as the Philippines now leads Group A of the FIBA Asia qualifiers with a 3-0 record.

Last game's leading scorer Dwight Ramos chipped in 13 points and Matt Nieto added 12, although the latter sprained his ankle during the third quarter.

Uichico credited his boys for playing better in this game, worrying they will be complacent after their dominant win against the same team on Friday.

"We really have to execute our offense and play better defense. Thailand played a better game today than they did in the first game," the 9-time PBA champion mentor said.

Unlike the two teams' previous meeting where Gilas started slow in the first quarter, the Filipinos flashed their strong scoring form with an early 13-1 lead in the first three minutes action. The Thais made some stops to narrow the gap but Gilas answered with their perimeter shots to close out the quarter with a 24-16 lead.

The bench players of Gilas helped further widen their lead in the second quarter, with a 53-34 advantage come halftime.

It was still all Gilas Pilipinas in the second half as they maintained their fine shooting and defensive efforts to finish with a 45.33% field goal percentage along with 26 assists.

Bench points for Gilas were also notable, outclassing Thailand 53-0.

Thai big man Chanatip Jakrawan was the lone bright spot for the Thais, with a double-double effort of 34 points and 12 rebounds. Spitfire guard Wattana Suttisin added 13 points as only five players of Coach Manid Niyomyindee scored in this game.

The next window for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers will be in February, where Gilas is expected to battle Indonesia and South Korea.

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The scores:

PHILIPPINES (93) – De Liaño Ja. 19, De Liaño Ju. 14, Ramos 13, Nieto 12, Oftana 9, Go 9, Ildefonso 5, Paras 4, Suerte 4, Baltazar 2, Cariño 2, Tungcab 0.

THAILAND (69) – Jakrawan 34, Suttisin 13, Muangboon 9, Jaisanuk 8, Chungyampin 5, Wongsawangtham 0, Langsui 0, Klaewnarong 0, Lakhan 0, Ghogar 0.

Quarterscores: 27-19, 53-34, 75-52, 93-69.