After two consecutive blowout wins, Batang Gilas encountered a determined squad on Day 3 of the SEABA U-18 Championship in Indonesia.
Batang Gilas, who trailed by as much as 9 points in the early going (16-7), leaned on Gian Mamuyac to overcome an early game struggle en route to a 87-68 win against Malaysia Monday night.
The Ateneo High School stalwart put on an all-around performance of 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals while NU-recruit Joshua Sinclair pumped in 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
On the other side, Malaysia, who even led by the end of the first canto 24-22, was spearheaded by team captain Kah An Soong’s 22 points and 6 rebounds.
Batang Gilas will take on Singapore tomorrow before going up against host team Indonesia on Wednesday. — By John Bryan Ulanday