The Philippines walloped host Indonesia, 87-52, Monday to jumpstart its title-retention bid in the SEABA U-16 Championship at the GOR Amongrogo in Yogayakarta, Indonesia.
Michael Louise dela Cruz had 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting while La Salle Greenhills teammate Kobe Paras added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
At presstime, the team is vying for its second straight victory against Thailand, which beat Malaysia, 66-58, in the tournament opener last Sunday.
The U-16 cagers are seeking to defend the title won by the Olsen Racela-coached Energen Pilipinas squad in the 2011 edition held in Banting, Malaysia.
The top two teams after the single-round tournament advance to the FIBA Asia U-16 Championship in Tehran, Iran in late-September.