By the Numbers: Romeo-Standhardinger tag team needs a witty nickname
Terrence Romeo and Christian Standhardinger have emerged as the top-2 players for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup. (FIBA)
Terrence Romeo continues to run the show for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup.
Just a game after driving a dagger straight to the heart of defending champion China, the Bro was at it again, this time forming an explosive tag team with Fil-German Christian Standhardinger to frustrate Iraq and keep the Philippines perfect so far in Group B action over at Lebanon.
With the Philippines only up by one point at the break, Romeo and Standhardinger scored Gilas' first 19 points in the third period, breaking the game wide open in our favor.
The two ended up combining for 23 points in the quarter as Gilas cruised to its second win in a row.
Breaking down this latest victory of Gilas, here's the second edition of FIBA-Asia Cup 2017 By the Numbers.
Number of points scored by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger in the third period to lead Gilas' uprising in the second half.
With the Philippines needing a spark after a lousy shooting performance in the first two periods, Standhardinger came through for the national team, scoring 10 straight points as Gilas started to create some separation against pesky Iraq.
Number of points scored by Terrence Romeo in the third period, backing up Standhardinger to perfection.
After the Standhardinger scored the first 10 points for Gilas Pilipinas in the second half, Romeo checked in and scored seven straight as the nationals really started to pull away from the Iraqis.
Number of games where Romeo and Standhardiner finished 1-2 in scoring Gilas Pilipinas.
After a 26-point explosion against the Chinese, the Bro followed it up with a 17-point outing to remain as the number 1 scoring option for the Philippines in Lebanon.
Standhardinger has been performing admirably as well, scoring 16 points vs. Iraq after contributing 15 in the China game.
Number of points scored by Iraq in the third quarter.
Lost in another fiery scoring performing by Gilas is its tremendous effort on defense.
After Mohammed Al-Khafaji scored a dunk to tie things at 35-all with 8:33 to go in the third, Iraq would not score again until the 1:05 mark. During that drought, Gilas opened up a 21-point lead, practically putting the game on ice.
Number of FIBA-Asia tournaments for Gabe Norwood including this 2017 version in Lebanon.
A 10-year veteran of the Philippine national team, Norwood remains vital to the country's continued quest to regain Asian basketball supremacy.
Against Iraq, Norwood had another brilliant albeit quiet all-around performance, going for eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal. He was also a team-high plus 20 during his 21 and a half minutes of court action.
Number of field goals for both Jayson Castro and Calvin Abueva.
In the case of Abueva, this marks the second straight game in Lebanon where he didn't make a basket from the field. He was ejected in the first quarter vs. China and only played seven minutes against Iraq after getting into foul trouble.
The Beast did finish with three points, all from free throws, athough he figured in a wacky sequence near the end of the game.
Preparing to take the second of his two free throws, Abueva was forced out of the court by officials after he got a minor scratch. He was scratching his head on the way out.
Jayson Castro took his place and made the free throw. It was the Blur's only point after he went 0-of-8 from the field. He did finish with a team-high six assists on top of four rebounds and a steal.
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