Asian Games By The Numbers: Philippines stamps class on Kazakhstan
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 16, 2018 01:36 PM
Let's understand how the Philippines were able to take down Kazakhstan by 37 points to open up the Asian Games. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
No Jordan Clarkson, no problem.
At least not yet.
The new-look Philippine national basketball squad took down Kazakhstan, 96-59, for an emphatic first win in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, even with Jordan Clarkson sitting on the bench.
Clarkson will see action against China on Tuesday, August 21, but as promised, the squad took a huge win heading into their match-up against the Asian powerhouse.
Made up mostly by the core of Rain or Shine and backed up by PBA veterans, the Philippines will get be even more dangerous when the Cleveland Cavaliers combo guard finally makes his debut for Gilas Pilipinas.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's take a look at the pertinent numbers from the Philippines' clinical victory over the Kazakhs.
Players who scored for the Philippines.
Every single player from the 11-man side of Yeng Guiao scored.
Jordan Clarkson would have been the 12th guy to score, but he just landed in Indonesia. He was at least there at the sidelines and looks primed against China.
Filipino players who scored in double digits.
Stanley Pringle paced the squad with 18 huge points, followed by Christian Standhardinger's 15. Sharpshooters James Yap and Paul Lee also added 12 and 10 respectively for good measure.
It could have easily been five players in double figures, as Chris Tiu came a point shy with 9 markers.
For Kazakhstan, only one player scored in double figures, with Anton Bykov tallying 13 points.
Steals for PHI
Gilas Pilipinas' offense was humming for nearly all game long, but their defense was every bit as pivotal to the huge victory.
All but two players came up with a steal, led by Gabe Norwood's four takeaways. Maverick Ahanmisi had three, while big men Beau Begla and JP Erram had two apiece.
Turnovers for Kazakhstan.
The Filipinos' suffocating defense was in full display in their opening game, forcing the Kazakhs to cough up the ball 22 times, compared to their total tally of nine.
They also made Kazakhstan pay for those costly miscues, registering 29 points off turnovers compared to just four for the opposing side.
Kazakhstan's three-point clip.
The Kazakhs were hyped to be deadly shooters from outside, but that didn't show against the Philippines as they were only able to connect on five triples on 28 attempts.
They just weren't able to bounce back after a slow start, shooting 1-for-13 from the field in the first quarter.
The Philippines, meanwhile, shot a respectable 31% from deep and an 58% from the field.