FIBA: Perez and Bolick’s inspired play only positive in Gilas’ horror World Cup opener

Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2019 06:47 AM
FIBA: Rookies’ inspired play only positive in Gilas loss
If there’s just one good thing to say about Gilas, it’s the fact that the future is certainly bright in CJ Perez and Robert Bolick. (FIBA)

There aren’t a lot of good things to say about Gilas Pilipinas in the loss to Italy Saturday to start the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

After all, the national team did lose to the Italians by 46 points, with the game essentially over before the buzzer for the first quarter sounded.

However, if there’s just one good thing to say about Gilas, it’s the fact that the future is certainly bright.

In his debut game in the World Championships, CJ Perez came off the bench and shined like a true star he is.

CJ, the PBA’s no. 1 rookie, was the top local for Gilas Pilipinas, shooting 7/12 from the field for 15 points in 17 minutes.

Perez also added two rebounds, one steal, and led the team with three assists.

To go along with Perez, Robert Bolick also showed promise for Gilas in his own debut game in the World Cup.

Bolick, the no. 3 pick from last year’s Draft and the actual favorite to win PBA Rookie of the Year, was energetic and scrappy on his way to a solid six points in 14 and a half minutes of play.

And even when Gilas was down big, the PBA’s top-2 rookies for fighting like there was no tomorrow for Gilas Pilipinas.

“If we’re looking at anything that’s positive in this game, our young guys played hard,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.

“CJ Perez played his heart out, as well as Robert Bolick. If there’s any positive to pick up from a bad loss like this, it’s our young guys really gave it their all. That’s it,” he added.

The inspired play by Perez and Bolick is certainly something Gilas can take going into the next few days.

The Italy game was just the opener after all and Gilas has two more games to go in Group D action.

“We just have to gather ourselves again and be able to recover,” Guiao said.

 

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