Batang Gilas came to play.
Team captain Jolo Mendoza led the way as Batang Gilas made an emphatic debut with a whopping 101-45 win over Thailand on the opening day of the SEABA Under-18 Championships in Indonesia Saturday night.
The prodigy out of Ateneo High School chipped in 16 points while Palarong Pambansa 2016 Most Valuable Player Evan Nelle of San Beda High School backed him up with 10 markers and 3 assists.
National University-recruit Joshua Sinclair contributed 12 points and Rendell Lee of the Xavier School added 12 as well on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown.
Thailand, on the other hand, struggled to rack up points with Natthaworn Banchathon and Pongsakorn Jaimsawad making just 8 and 7 points, respectively.
Batang Gilas will be facing Laos on Sunday, Malaysia on Monday, Singapore on Tuesday and Indonesia on Wednesday.
This tournament is a qualifier to the FIBA U-18 Championships that will be held in Iran later this year. — By John Bryan Ulanday