By the Numbers: New-look Team Pilipinas fires blanks to start new era
Paul Lintag on Sep 13, 2018 11:15 PM
A new era in Philippine basketball is not exactly off to a great start. (FIBA)
A new era in Philippine basketball is not exactly off to a great start.
Facing Iran on the road, Team Pilipinas failed to take advantage of Hamed Haddadi sitting out due to injury, losing by eight to start round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Haddadi, Iran's longtime anchor, was apparently dealing with a groin injury and didn't check in until the final minute. The game was pretty much decided in favor of Team Melli at that point.
Before the Philippines moves on to a closed-door home game against Qatar next week, a quick look and recap from this Iran road game with By the Numbers.
Number of Gilas Pilipinas players who scored in double figures.
Christian Standhardinger continued his fine play for the national team, scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.
Standhardinger was pretty much the only reason Team Pilipinas was able to keep in step with Iran all game long.
Total points for Standhardinger in the first half.
The Fil-German forward scored half of Team Pilipinas total output after the first two quarters. Standhardinger scored another nine in the fourth to try and push the Philippines to victory but it was not enough.
Total combined points for Alex Cabagnot (9 points), Scottie Thompson (5 points), and Marcio Lassiter (4 points).
Much of the excitement for this new-look Gilas team is the entry of several SMC stars to the fold. Safe to say, this trio didn't have that good of a game.
Cabagnot had a stretch in the third where he was able to put up a string of points but he definitely struggled from deep, shooting only 1-of-7 from three-point range.
Lassiter also struggled, scoring only one trey on the break for four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Marcio even missed a free throw. it was that kind of a night for him.
Scottie was decent in almost 11 minutes of play with five points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Total three-pointers for Gilas Pilipinas.
The Philippines shot 5/28 from deep. Not ideal especially playing on the road.
Total losses for the Philippines in these Asian Qualifiers.
Losing back-to-back games for the first time, Gilas is now sporting a 4-3 mark in Group F, still good for third place.
Straight wins for Iran in these Asian Qualifiers.
After losing their very first game to Iraq, the Iranians have reeled off six straight wins for first place in Group F with a 6-1 record.
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