FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas gets home win behind closed-doors

Paul Lintag on Sep 17, 2018 09:29 PM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas gets home win behind closed-doors
With the victory, Gilas maintained third place in Group F with a 5-3 record, bouncing back from two straight losses dating back to the first round.

MANILA, Philippines --- Whether its in front of 20,000 people or 220 select audience, Gilas Pilipinas can't seem to have a good start at home in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Fortunately, regardless of how many people are in attendance, the Philippines knows how to recover from a poor start.

Gilas needed a strong second-half push Monday to beat Qatar, 92-81, in a closed-door game at the Araneta Coliseum.

The national team outscored the visiting Qataris, 28-12, in the third period to make up from a terrible first half.

With the victory, Gilas maintained third place in Group F with a 5-3 record, bouncing back from two straight losses dating back to the first round.

"It's kinda surreal, it felt really weird na maglaro ka sa sarili mong bansa [against] another country and there's nobody there cheering you," head coach Yeng Guiao said on the closed-door outing.

"But after a while you get used to it. I also told [the players] before the game, ang daming nanonood sa atin sa TV, live stream, and all of them are praying and supporting us. Just visualize that and maybe that's going to help you put up that effort," he added.

Gilas certainly put up that effort in the second half, giving up only 29 points in the third and fourth quarters to steal a home win after falling flat in the opening 20 minutes.

Qatar shot lights out to start the game, dominating Gilas, 52-39.

The Qataris already had three players in double figures at the break and led by as many as 17 points.

Fortunately, the Philippines quickly recovered in the third, firing a quick 13-2 run to cut the deficit to two, 52-54.

Gilas finally regained the lead late in the third after a Japeth Aguilar jumper, 59-58, and the national team never let up. Team Pilipinas ended up leading by as many as 17 points in the fourth period, 86-69.

Japeth Aguilar and Alex Cabagnot led Gilas in scoring with 16 points apiece. Stanley Pringle had 13 while Beau Belga added another 11 points for the Philippines.

Qatar got 26 points from Mohd Yousuf Mohmmed. The Qataris dropped to 2-6 in Group F.

 


The Scores:


PHILIPPINES 92 -- Aguilar 16, Cabagnot 16, Pringle 13, Belga 11, Lee 8, Wright 6, Lassiter 5, Sangalang 5, Erram 4, Thompson 3, Taulava 3, Norwood 2.

QATAR 81 -- Mohammed MY 26, Al-Rayes 17, Ngombo 17, Khalid 10, Mohammed MH 4, Abdelbaset 3, Gueye 3, Abdelhaleem 1, Avdic 0, Lashin 0.

Quarters: 15-26, 39-52, 67-64, 92-81.

 


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