E-Gilas advances to Fiba Esports Open finals anew

MANILA, Philippines — E-Gilas Pilipinas secured the first finals slot after sweeping Mongolia in their best-of-three semifinals series in the Fiba Esports Open III Southeast Asia Conference Saturday.

The Filipinos advanced to the championship round of the Fiba ESports Open for the third straight time.

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Shintarou dropped a pair of 36-point games to lead the Philippines past the Mongolians on 16-of-22 from long range overall in the series, including a 10-of-12 clip in a Game 1 blowout.

The Philippines whipped Mongolia by 60 points, 95-35, in the opener where the Nationals made 37 out of their 41 attempts from the field.

But Game 2 was an entirely different story as Mongolia refused to go down without a fight.

The Philippines, however, just had too much firepower to survive with a 64-58 victory with Shintarou leading the way and also getting ample support from his teammates Rial and Custer, who also finished in double-digits with 16 and 10 points, respectively.

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Starboy_Youtube led Mongolia in the series, highlighted by a 26-point, 10-assist double-double in Game 2.

E-Gilas, the inaugural conference champion, takes on the winner between Indonesia and Vietnam in a best-of-three finals on Wednesday.

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