Mason Amos and Jared Bahay formed a formidable tandem as Gilas U18 routed Qatar, 77-61, to secure their second win in the FIBA U18 Asian Championships at the Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran, Iran Monday, Aug. 22.

Mason Amos tries to get past the defense of Mohammed Hashim Z Abbasher of Qatar during their match in the FIBA U18 Asian Championships at the Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran, Iran Monday, Aug. 22. (FIBA)

Gilas used a strong fourth quarter to pull away for good after engaging in a tight contest as Amos and Bahay took charge early in the first half to set the tone for the young Filipino dribblers.

Amos led all scorers with 21 points on a 7-of-11 shooting, including two three-pointers and hauled seven rebounds while Bahay chipped in 15 points, making 9-of-11 from the free throw line, to go with three assists and three rebounds.

Gilas only led by as many as six points, 54-48, at the start of the payoff period before stepping on the gas to create a much-needed distance heading midway through the last frame.

A 12-1 run, capped by a James Phillip Nacua basket off a Bahay assist, enabled the Filipino cagers to separate themselves, 66-49, as Qatar tried to regroup and put a stop to Gilas’ offense.

Time, however, had run out as Qatar couldn’t sustain momentum despite countering every point the Philippines converted.

Moustapha Ndao and Mohamed Hashim Z Abbasher paced Qatar with 14 points apiece as the latter also grabbed 10 rebounds and four assists.

With the win, Gilas earned four points with a perfect 2-0 record over in Group C.

The Nationals will next face group co-leader Chinese Taipei, which earlier defeated Syria, 81-60, Tuesday, Aug. 23.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/08/22/amos-bahay-lead-way-as-gilas-u18-routs-qatar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=amos-bahay-lead-way-as-gilas-u18-routs-qatar)