Dwight Ramos banged in 17 points for the Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team, which breezed past India, 88-64, Friday night.
Ramos’ big effort contributed to Gilas’ second win in Group A of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
The 23-year-old Ramos complemented the games of fellow B.League player Thirdy Ravena, and Philippine Basketball Association pros Roger Pogoy and Robert Bolick Jr., who banged in 15, 12 and 10 points, repectively.
Coach Chot Reyes said this is just a first step for this present batch of Gilas players, who are playing for the first time as a unit.
“We talked about taking our first step as a team. This being our first game together,” said Reyes.
India was led by Sahaij Pratap Singh Sekhon, who finished with 14 points.
Gilas took control immediately behind baskets by Kib Montalbo and Pogoy, allowing them to move away by five, 18-13, in the first period.
India never had a chance to catch up in the second period, with Gilas pulling further away on an 8-2 blast, and Ravena capping the blitz with a triple, 26-15, in the 8:05 mark.
Angelo Kouame’s dunk in the remaining 5:41 of the second period gave Gilas a comfortable 31-20 spread.
They were never threatened from there.