Gilas Pilipinas By the Numbers: Make your free throws
Paul Lintag on Feb 22, 2018 07:44 PM
The Philippines shot 36.8 percent from the free throw line against Australia. That won't cut it in the international play. (FIBA)
For one half, Gilas Pilipinas looked like it was on its way to an upset of Australia in Melbourne during their Group B showdown i nthe 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Well, for a half.
Despite falling to the mighty Boomers Thursday, Gilas Pilipinas made good account of their status as "world class", giving the reigning Asian Champions all they could handle.
However, there's no room for moral victories in the Philippine basketball program and in this latest edition of By Numbers, we break down how the Philippines got the boom courtesy of Australia.
Total field goal percentage for the Boomers against Gilas Pilipinas.
Considering the Australians 54.6 percent in the first window back in February, this was a win for the Philippines, at least in this category.
Total free-throw percentage for Gilas Pilipinas.
Now this was a total loss for the Philippines as the national team missed 12 of 19 attempts at the line. Calvin Abueva was 3 out of 10.
This game was close until the late third quarter. Actually, it was manageable until the middle of the fourth period. If Gilas made another seven free throws, it would have been way different in the last five minutes or so.
Bottomline, Gilas can't struggle this bad from the free throw line. They're free for a reason.
Total three-point percentage for Gilas Pilipinas.
The Philippines continues to struggle from deep in these Asian Qualifiers, once again shooting below 30 percent.
In the first window, Gilas shot around 28 percent from beyond the arc.
Difference in rebounds between Australia and the Philippines.
The Boomers won the rebounding battle in Melbourne, 50-30, effectively using their height advantage against the Filipinos.
Australia was plus nine in offensive rebounds, hauling 16 compared to only seven for Gilas.
Number of points for June Mar Fajardo.
The Kraken now has consecutive good games for the national team, leading Gilas in scoring against Australia after shooting 7 of 11 from the field.
He scored a FIBA career-high 17 points against Taipei in his last outing.
Number of points for Andray Blatche.
The naturalized Filipino now has consecutive bad games for the national team. After his worst showing in a Pilipinas uniform against Taipei where he only scored 6 points, Blatche once again struggle on offense, putting up only eight points.
While he's in better shape now compared to the first window, the Australia game was Blatche's first competitive outing in months.
Andray appears to be on the hot seat now and is hard-pressed to truly bounce back as Gilas hosts Japan in three days.
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