The Gilas Pilipinas U18 boys team caught Syria flat-footed en route to a swift 112-48 drubbing for a rousing start in the FIBA U18 Asian Championships at the Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran, Iran on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Kyle Gamber drives against a Syrian defender during Gilas’ huge opening day win (Photo from FIBA)

It was a wire-to-wire win for the Filipino dribblers as they left the Syrians in the dusts right on the first quarter alone, 35-7, before showing no mercy in the ensuing quarters where they built a lead that went to as high as 71 points.

Mason Amos dropped 12 of his 26 points in the opening frame and singlehandedly outscored the Syrian team in the first 10 minutes of the match.

The rest of the team followed suit as Seven Gagate and EJ Abadam flexed their size advantage over Syria to finish with 19 points apiece.

Abadam also anchored the suffocating Gilas defense with his seven steals on top of six rebounds and four assists. Gilas forced Syria to 39 errors, 29 of which came as steals for the nationals.

Gagate flirted with a double-double with his nine rebounds while Joshua Coronel and Kristian Porter scattered 10 points and 13 rebounds, respectively.

George Kastntin paced Syria with 12.

With the win, Gilas gets an early share of the lead with Chinese Taipei which earlier defeated Qatar, 92-62.

Up next for Gilas is Qatar on Monday, 7:15 p.m.

Source: Manila Bulletin (