Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The Energen Pilipinas Under 18 Youth Team overcame an 11-point half-time deficit to beat Bahrain and move to the quarterfinals with a 3-game winning streak. The win, however, was not enough to propel the Philippines to a higher seeding as Chinese-Taipei surprised Iran to grab the No.2 group ranking by virtue of the tournament’s tie-breaker. The Philippines, Iran, and Chinese-Taipei had an identical 4-1 record with Iran having the best quotient ranking followed by Chinese-Taipei then the Philippines.
UAAP Jrs. MVP Jerie Marlon Pingoy once again conspired with J-Jay Alejandro as they combined for 20 points in the 3rd quarter to turn the double digit deficit to a 12-point lead. The Philippines simply overwhelmed Bahrain in the second half to coast to a 99-72 win. Alejandro led the Philippines in scoring with 23 big points. Pingoy had an efficient 19 points behind a 9 for 12 shooting from the field. Janhubert Cani and Rey Nambtac are the other Filipino boy who reached double figures in scoring with 11 a piece. Ali Hassan Shukralla and Mohamed Buallay combined for 48 markers for Bahrain.
Second Round Standings:
- 22nd Fiba Asia Under 18 Championships: Jerie Pingoy scores 25 in PHL’s close victory over Chinese-Taipei (cebuislandlive.com)
- 22nd Fiba Asia U18 Championship: Cebuanos Pingoy, Porter reinforce Energen U-18 team (cebuislandlive.com)
- Energen Pilipinas edges Chinese Taipei, secures quarterfinals seat in Fiba Asia (sports.inquirer.net)
- Cebu Live’s 8 Questions with Jerie Marlon Pingoy (cebuislandlive.com)
- Energen Pilipinas closes in on Seaba Under 18 title (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- 2012 UAAP Juniors Basketball: Pingoy leads FEU Baby Tamaraws to a win against Blue Eaglets (cebuislandlive.com)