FIBA By the Numbers: Boost from Blatche gives Gilas hope
Paul Lintag on Feb 22, 2019 01:50 PM
17 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists for Andray Blatche. Not bad. (FIBA)
Okay Gilas Pilipinas, now we’re talking.
The Philippine national team under Yeng Guiao finally clicked Thursday in Doha (Friday morning in Manila], and scored a huge win over Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
It’s the first step of Gilas’ road back to the World Championships and the national team took care of business in emphatic fashion.
A quick review of Gilas Pilipinas big Qatar win here before the national team books its rematch against Kazakhstan in Astana.
Total three-point shots made by Gilas Pilipinas against Qatar, the national team’s best in these Asian Qualifiers.
After three quarters, Gilas already had 11 triples, which was already two more than its previous high in this tournament which came in against.
The Philippines shot 15/30 from deep and actually had more 3s than 2s in the win against Qatar.
Total number of players that scored a triple for Gilas. Four of those seven made at least two.
Marcio Lassiter was a perfect 4-of-4 from deep while Paul Lee and Andray Blatche fired three apiece. Lee and Blatche in particular, started the second half of the Qatar game by hitting a combined four straight triples as Gilas turned a 10-point lead, which they struggled to get even, into an actual blowout.
Jayson Castro added another two treys for good measure.
Total points for Andray Blatche in his return to Gilas Pilipinas following FIBA suspension.
That may not look much but consider the rest of his stats that had him grab 15 rebounds, dish out seven assists, and added another two steals and two blocks. Consider to also watch the actual game and see his activity.
Welcome back, Andray.
Total points allowed by Gilas in the third quarter to Qatar.
With the offense firing on all cylinders, the Gilas defense was kinda lost in the barrage of three-point shots but it was effective nonetheless.
Gilas shut down Qatar to start the second half limiting them to only nine points and that was after the Philippines only have up 21 in the first half.
That’s Gilas Pilipinas’ current standing in Group F and it’s getting more likely that Gilas ends up keeping fourth especially after Japan beat Iran anew.
However, all is not lost for the Philippines as Gilas Pilipinas can still make the World Cup despite missing out on the top-3 in its group. Japan’s win further complicated Gilas’ road but things should become simple enough once Group E gets done with their first set of games.
China-Jordan in particular, is the game to watch for Gilas.
One ejection for coach Yeng Guiao because of course.
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