Kiefer Alas stars in new role as Gilas Boys whipping Malaysia

Kiefer Alas of Gilas Boys participated in the FIBA ​​U16 Asian Championship held in Doha, Qatar. –FIBA Photo

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas Boys put on a strong performance to defeat Malaysia 75-52 on Wednesday at the FIBA ​​U16 Asian Championship at Al Rayyan Indoor Hall in Doha, Qatar.

Kiefer Alas and Kurt Velasquez set the tone and anchored a balanced attack as the young Filipinos got off to a 29-6 start and led by as many as 34 points.

Aras, the son of multi-title winning coach Louis and younger brother of PBA player Kevin, continued to lead Gilas with his second straight double-double, collecting 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Velasquez had 13 points and 13 rebounds. 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.

Alas, he’s averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds through three games in the tournament.

Kiefer Alas Gilas Boys

FILE – Kiefer Aras plays against Kazakhstan at the FIBA ​​U16 Asian Championship. – FIBA ​​Photography

Elijah Williams had nine points and nine assists, and every one of coach Josh Reyes’ players contributed at least two points.

Gilas Boys, who defeated Kazakhstan 66-42, won back-to-back games and took second place in Group D after losing to China 84-67. China (3-0) remained undefeated after defeating Kazakhstan 119-57.

The Philippines will face South Korea, who finished Group C with one win and two losses, in Thursday’s playoff match. The winner will face Japan in the quarterfinals.

Malaysia will face Jordan in the play-offs for a place in the quarter-finals against Australia.

No Malaysian player was able to reach double-digit points, with Ervin Hu, Chua Yenjun and Brandon Ko each scoring seven points.

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