Gilas Pilipinas By the Numbers: We see you, Mr. Blatche

Paul Lintag on Feb 26, 2018 09:42 AM
By the Numbers: We see you, Mr. Blatche
Blatche finally played his best game for Gilas in these Qualifiers. After averaging just nine points in the previous three games, Andray got some of his groove back, leading the Philippines in scoring.

For those who want Andray Blatche out of Gilas Pilipinas, yeah you might want to hold on to that thought.

Blatche played with his big-boy pants on Sunday in the homestand against Japan, leading the Philippines to an 89-84 victory over the Akatsuki Five in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Bouncing back from a previous loss to Australia, Gilas is now through to the next round of these Qualifiers with two games to spare.

And we got numbers from that victory, of course. You already know the drill.

 


18

Number of points from Andray Blatche against Japan.

Blatche finally played his best game for Gilas in these Qualifiers. After averaging just nine points in the previous three games, Andray got some of his groove back, leading the Philippines in scoring.

Oh and he also had 16 rebounds for the win. Not a bad outing really.

 


2

Number of points from Jayson Castro in the fourth quarter.

Those two points sealed the win for Gilas Pilipinas.

With the Philippines holding on for dear life, Castro drilled a floated under duress in the last 10 seconds of the game, giving the national team an all-important 88-84 lead.

Gilas won, 89-84. The Blur is the hero, again.

 


58.8 percent

Total free throw percentage of Gilas against Japan.

After a terrible showing against Australia, the Philippines sort of bounced back from the line this time around, making 10 out of 17 attempts.

However, less than 60 percent is still not good as team but this should count as an improvement nonetheless.

 


9

Number of three-point shots for Gilas against Japan.

Easily the national team's best game from beyond the arc in these Qualifiers, four players made a triple for the Philippines vs. Japanese.

All four players made more than one shot from beyond the arc with Kiefer Ravena making a team-high three treys.

 


16

Largest lead of the game for Japan.

The Japanese were off to a fast start at MOA Sunday, opening up a 20-4 lead before Gilas settled down through its bench.

Gilas ended up leading by as many as 15 points later in the second quarter.

 


50

Total bench points for Gilas Pilipinas.

The second group really did wonders for the Philippines against the Japanese, leading the comeback in the first half.

Troy Rosario, (14 points), Kiefer Ravena (13 points), and Calvin Abueva (8 points) all had brilliant games off the bench for Gilas.

 

 

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