Filipino crowd gets into it, gives Gilas an assist against Vietnam
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 17, 2017 09:34 PM
MATH PROBLEM. The Filipino crowd was shouting numbers different from what the shot clock was showing to try and pressure Vietnam.
As if they needed any more help, Gilas Pilipinas received an extra bit of boost for their matchup with Vietnam on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Already ahead by more than 40 points at the half, the Philippine national basketball team had help at the defensive end courtesy of the partisan crowd.
Whenever the Vietnamese had possession in the second half, or for most of it, the Filipinos yelled out the shot clock countdown.
Only, the numbers they were chanting were far lower than what was appearing on the shot clock.
In one instance, 20 ticks still remained on Vietnam’s shot clock, but the Filipinos were already shouting “10, 9, 8…”
Seemingly, the crowd’s chanting forced rushed shots from the Vietnamese who missed 13 of their 18 shots in the third quarter. In the second half, they only shot 9/28 from the field.
However, the pressure from the Filipino crowd was far from guaranteed from working.
Nonetheless, yet again proving how resourceful they are, the Filipinos found another way to weaponize their homecourt advantage.
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