FIBA: Near-perfect Italy crushes Gilas Pilipinas by 46 in crucial World Cup opener
Paul Lintag on Aug 31, 2019 09:08 PM
The Philippines folded in record time as Italy completely overwhelmed the national team, taking a convincing win Saturday to start Group D play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. (FIBA)
Gilas Pilipinas certaily shocked the everyone to start the 2019 FIBA World Cup, just not the good kind.
The Philippines folded in record time as Italy completely overwhelmed the national team, taking a convincing 108-62 win Saturday to start Group D play at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena in China.
After Mark Barroca scored the first points for Gilas in this World Cup to force a 2-all tie, the Philippines completely fell apart as the Italians put up an absolute basketball clinic, punishing the Filipinos with crisp ball movement and near-perfect shooting.
The world no. 13 Italians shot 6/8 from deep in the opening period, zooming to a 37-8 advantage. Team Azzurri then added another five triples in the second quarter for a 38-point lead at the break.
Italy’s assault didn’t stop in the second half, never giving Gilas a chance for any sort of comeback.
Luigi Datome shot a perfect 7/7 from the field to lead Italy with 17 points. Danilo Gallinari only missed once and added 16 points. Amedeo Della Valle came off the bench to also score 17 for the Italians.
Before the World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas estimated to make 10-12 triples in order to have a shot against Italy. The national team went 0/17 from deep through three quarters and the “chance” evaporated after 10 minutes of game time.
The Philippines didn’t make a three until 6:43 to go in the fourth courtesy of Kiefer Ravena. CJ Perez and Andray Blatche added another two triples late and Gilas finished 3/23 from beyond the arc.
Blatche led the Philippines with 15 points and 10 rebounds but he also had nine turnovers. Perez, the PBA’s no. 1 rookie, was Gilas’ top local with 15 points on 7/12 shooting.
Gilas Pilipinas will next take on world no. 4 Serbia on Monday. The Serbians demolished Angola, 105-59, to start group play.
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