Lebanon banked on the heroics of Bryan Mansour to ease out the Philippines, 99-83, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship at the Azadi Basketball Hall in Tehran, Iran.
Mansour knocked in a game-high 28 points and his gamelong presence enabled the Lebanese side to barge into the semifinals with China, which ousted Qatar, 88-44.
The Lebanese cagers wasted no time in taking control of the game, with Mansour firing two triples in the first five minutes of the match to move ahead by 10, 15-5.
From there, the Lebanon widened their edge to 23, 53-30, at halftime off Karl Zamatta’s jumper with 46 ticks to go.
Mansour, who had six triples, scored on another three-pointer with 7:20 left, giving Lebanon its biggest lead, 93-56.
Team Philippines will now fight for its rightful place in the classification stage with Qatar.
Mason Amos, who shot 28 points when he led the Philippines to an 84-73 stopping of Chinese Taipei, banged in 11 points this time around.
His teammates Kyle Gamber and Manuel Pablo contributed 11 points apiece.
Gilas entered the game confident after pulling off a three-game sweep of Group C, blasting Syria, 112-48, swamping Qatar, 77-61 and whipping Chinese Taipei, 84-73.
The loss ended the Philippines’ chances of snaring one of the four Asian slots for the 2023 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary next year.