Gilas Pilipinas By the Numbers: Release the Kraken
Paul Lintag on Jun 29, 2018 11:01 PM
The Kraken came off the bench and played just a shade under 21 minutes for Gilas Pilipinas. He was dominant. (FIBA)
That's two teams Gilas Pilipinas has now swept in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Despite limited preparation once again, the national team only started daily practice last Monday for their Friday game in Taipei, Gilas Pilipinas dominated Taipei on their home floor, scoring a masterful 93-71 victory to start the third window of the opening round of these qualifiers.
Despite first-quarter woes persisting, the Philippines played its finest game of the tournament to date, setting up the highly-anticipated rematch against Australia.
But before the Boomers come to town, let's take a quick look back at Gilas Pilipinas' impressive win over the Taiwanese.
Number of points for June Mar Fajardo, his new FIBA career high.
The Kraken came off the bench and played just a shade under 21 minutes for Gilas Pilipinas. He was dominant.
Fajardo made nine of his 12 shots from the field and scored 11 points in the third period, helping Gilas Pilipinas establish its dominance.
By the way, June Mar's previous FIBA high was 17 points, also against Taipei back in the first window. We're guessing Fajardo likes playing the Taiwanese.
Number of points for Terrence Romeo.
In his debut game in these Qualifiers, the Bro also came off the bench, playing 25 minutes.
With Kiefer Ravena suspended, Terrence has regained his spot as the main backup point guard for the national team, just behind his TNT teammates Jayson Castro.
Against Taipei, Romeo was calm and cool, collecting 14 points on 54 percent shooting all while dishing out six assists. The Bro had zero turnovers.
Number of bench points for Gilas Pilipinas.
The bulk came from Fajardo and Romeo of course but the rest of the bench came through as well with RR Pogoy adding eight points and Troy Rosario adding another five.
Gilas' second unit came to play.
Number of turnovers for Gilas Pilipinas.
Despite the slow start, the national team was never really erratic, they were just missing shots.
Gilas did a great job of being in control all game. In comparison, Taipei had 22 giveaways.
Number of steals for Gilas Pilipinas.
The Philippines was in control on offense but the national team was absolutely chaotic on defense.
Gilas forced 22 turnovers, 14 from steals. Gabe Norwood led the pack with five, proving that he's still the country's premier defended.
Andray Blatch had three steals as he capped a fine all-around performance. He also had two blocks to go along with 13 points and 12 rebounds, easily his most productive and active performance in the Asian Qualifiers.
Number of wins for Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Qualifiers, same as Australia.
With the Philippines dominant win and the Boomers' shock loss to Japan, the Gilas-Australia rematch will be for first place in Group B.
Game is set for Monday, July 2, at the massive Philippine Arena.
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