FIBA: Turnovers and horrendous shooting doom Gilas in crushing World Cup loss to Italy

Paul Lintag on Aug 31, 2019 10:09 PM
FIBA: Turnovers and horrendous shooting doom Gilas
Gilas’ “chance” was gone after 10 minutes of play against Italy. (FIBA)

Prior to the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas estimated to make at least 10-12 shots from beyond the arc in order to have a shot at beating Italy in its opening game in Group D.

Well the opening game came and went Saturday at the Chinese city of Foshan and Gilas Pilipinas didn’t make anywhere close to 10-12 triples.

The Philippines started the game with 17 straight misses from beyond the arc and didn’t connect until 6:43 to go in the fourth and final quarter.

Overall, Gilas shot just 3 out of 23 from deep, which is half of what Italy scored in the first quarter alone. Team Azzurri connected on 6 out of 8 triples in the opening period, taking a 37-8 lead.

Gilas’ “chance” was gone after 10 minutes of play.

To make matters worse, the Philippines also had 23 turnovers, which the Italians cashed in for 34 points.

“It’s not just one reason that we lost this way,” Gilas head coachh Yeng Guiao said as his national team took a 46-point beating.

“They [Italy] did their homework and we also got into early trouble with our turnovers and we couldn’t make our 3-point shots. It’s a combination of all of those,” he added.

After a crushing loss to Italy, Gilas will have to deal with a much tougher opponent in world no. 4 Serbia on Monday.

The Serbians are favorites to win gold and are fresh from a 105-59 beating issued to Angola.

“If we had a problem with Italy, that’s going to be the same against Serbia, probably even worse,” Guiao said.


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