The second period started with a 6-3 blast by the Japanese behind a field goal by Daiki Kaneko and free throws from Yusei Sugiura. Japan took its biggest lead in the game at 28-24. Janhubert Cani orchestrated a 6-0 counter by scoring 4 points and assisting a Adven Jess Diputado score to hand back the lead to the PHL U16, 28-30. Sugiura knotted the count at 30. It was Diputado’s turn to spearhead the attack by scoring two points and assisting on Jordan Timothy Headings shot, 34-30 for the Philippines. Keita Shinkawa answered with a 3 point bomb to cut the lead to 1, 33-34.
With barely 3 minutes remaining in the half, the boys of Coach Olsen Racela scored 6 unanswered points to take a 40-33 lead. Rodolfo Alejandro III scored 4 of the 6 points. Sugiura scored 2 points then a free throw sandwiching another Aljandro field goal to make the score 36-42 with less than 2 minutes remaining before the halftime break. Alejandro and Renzar Henry Asilum conspired to make a 6-0 run to end the half with the Philippines enjoying its biggest lead at 48-36.
The 3rd period started with a 3 point play by Diputado to extend the lead to 15. In the next 5 minutes, Japan made an 18-9 blitz to reduce the lead to 6 at 54-60. Yudai Baba made 11 points in that scorching rally. The Philippines responded with a 10-3 wind up to end the quarter with a 70-57 lead.
The Philippines started the final period with an 11-6 run to grab a seemingly insurmountable lead at 81-63. Rodolfo Alejandro III singlehandedly outscored Japan in that run with 7 points including a booming trifecta. All the Philippines has to do was to hold on in the last 2 minutes which they did. The game ended 83-72 in favor of the SEABA U16 Champions the Philippines.
Rodolfo Alejandro III carried the Energen Pilipinas Under 16 Youth team with 36 points. He only rested for 5 minutes but his efforts somehow negated the big games of Yusei Sugiura (30 points) and Yudai Baba (26 points). Diputado finished with 14 points and Cani was the 3rd double digit scorer at 10 for the PHL U16 squad.
The Philippines showed that they are indeed the fastest team in Group F as they dominated the fast breaks points with a margin of 27 (35 vs. 8). Next up for PHL U16 is WABA Champs IRAQ while Japan faces Lebanon.
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