FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Horror start for Gilas Pilipinas

Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2019 06:47 AM
FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Horror start for Gilas
What was looked at as a golden chance for the Philippines to advance to round 2 of the World Championships turned into a harsh reality check as the national team took its worst beating in back-to-back World Cup appearances. (FIBA)

One word to describe Gilas Pilipinas’ loss to Italy to start the 2019 FIBA World Cup?

Horrific.

What was looked at as a golden chance for the Philippines to advance to round 2 of the World Championships turned into a harsh reality check as the national team took its worst beating in back-to-back World Cup appearances.

Here are the numbers that marked Gilas Pilipinas’ shocking lopsided loss to Team Azzurri in Foshan.

 


46

Final margin of victory by Italy against Gilas Pilipinas.

Italy started the game with a 37-8 lead and led by as many as 53 late before settling for a 108-62 victory.

This is Gilas Pilipinas’ worst loss in back-to-back World Cup apperances. During a 1-4 showing in 2014, the Philippines only lost by a combined 23 points, with its worst showing being a 12-point loss to Greece.

 


23

Total turnovers for Gilas Pilipinas against Italy.

Whether it was just sloppy play or credit to Italy’s defense or both, Gilas Pilipinas didn’t play a pretty game Saturday, coughing up the leather 23 times that led to 34 points for the Italians.

For most of the game, Gilas had more turnovers than made baskets. In the end, the Philippines barely had made baskets than offensive errors (25-23).

 


17

Straight three-point shots missed for Gilas.

Before the World Cup, the national team estimated around 10-12 makes from deep to have a chance at beating Italy.

Safe to safe that didn’t happen. Gilas was 0/17 from deep through three quarters and Kiefer Ravena’s connection with 6:43 to go stopped the streak. Andray Blatche and CJ Perez later made a triple each and Gilas finished the game with an ugly 3/23 from beyond the arc.

 


15

Total three-pointers for Italy.

In comparison, the Italian’s couldn’t miss from deep, making 6/8 after the first quarter and 11/17 by halftime.

Although Italy cooled off in the second half, finishing with a final 15/31 clip from beyond the arc, the damage was done.

 


15

Total points for CJ Perez.

The PBA’s no. 1 rookie looked like a star in his World Cup debut, leading the team in scoring.

Perez came off the bench and shot 7/12 from the field to go along with a team-high three assists. His energy and passion was a welcome sight for Gilas after a devastating early knockout blow receieved from the Italians in the opening quarter.

Gilas returns to action Monday against world no. 4 Serbia.

 

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