FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Unworthy Gilas?

Paul Lintag on Sep 03, 2019 07:17 PM
FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Unworthy Gilas?
The highlight of the Philippines in the World Championships so far is taking a 9-7 lead over no. 4 Serbia in the opening period of their Group D clash. (FIBA)

Despite better effort on the part of Gilas Pilipinas, things somehow got worse for the national team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The highlight of the Philippines in the World Championships so far is taking a 9-7 lead over no. 4 Serbia in the opening period of their Group D clash.

Things completely fell apart after that. Much like a 46-point loss to Italy just two days prior, Gilas Pilipinas took a historic beating Monday, this time a true demolition at the hands of Serbia.

Things got so bad that Serbia head coach Sasha Djordjevic wondered if his team, and Gilas for that matter, actually gained anything from the game.

“There are some groups that from the start you practically know who the two teams who will advance. In this group [Group D], it was obvious,” Djordjevic said.

“I don’t if that’s a good team for the World Cup in general. I don’t know, what does it serve us or what does it serve the Philippine team by winning or losing by this point difference?” he added.

In the Gilas-Serbia match, the talent disparity was evident on paper.

Once the ball was up though, the true difference was seen in a global stage. Filipino players are skilled no doubt, but they were far too overmatched against an actual world power in Serbia.

“What can I say, tough loss is a tough loss. We respect each and every player and we play the hardest that we can,” Djordjevic said.

“I think you showed some talent, quickness. But obviously you’re missing quality, these two games are a result of that. Two European teams, who know how to play basketball, tough and physical basketball. That’s the result. Maybe [something] to think about in the future,” he added.

Is Coach Djordjevic right though? Is Gilas really missing that type of quality to play in the World Cup?

The 2014 World Championships proved it’s not but this current World Cup, especially the loss against Serbia, it does appear that the Philippines may want to look for some of that quality.



Final margin of victory by Serbia against the Philippines, the best in the World Cup so far.

Gilas has disappointed in two games so far in the World Championships, delivering the worst performance out of the 32-team field through the first four days pretty much.

The Philippines has lost two games by a combined 105 points. Gilas has only scored a combined 129 points so far, which is just three more than Serbia’s one-game output against them.


75 percent

Final shooting percentage for Serbia against the Philippines.

It’s no wonder the Serbians scored 126 points and won by 59 against Gilas, they almost couldn’t miss from the field.

Serbia somehow shot better in the second half, and more than doubled its 27-point lead over the Philippines at the break. The Serbian’s only missed six times from inside the arc and connected on 12/22 three-point shots.


16.7 percent

Finalt three-point percentage for Gilas Pilipinas, barely an improvement in the loss to Italy.

Gilas shot 3/23 against the Italians and while the national team didn’t miss 17 straight shots to start against Serbia, they were still only 4/24 from deep for 16.7 percent.

The Philippines has missed an incredible 40 triples in two games. Andray Blatche, Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick are the only players to connect from deep in China so far. Guys like Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright are definitely missed.



Total number of players in double figures for Serbia.

Nemanja Bjelica led the way with 20 points while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17 for the Serbians. Nikola Jokic finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in the win over Gilas.



Total points for CJ Perez in the loss to Serbia.

Perez has been the only bright spot for Gilas so far as he’s emerged as the best player for the national team in this World Cup.

Following up his 15-point effort against Italy, Perez has led Gilas in scoring again with 16 points against Serbia  off the bench on 6/11 shooting.



Total points for Andray Blatche.

Blatche has been a disappointment in his second World Cup with Gilas. Against Serbia, Andray shot 2/10 from the field for just five points.

He also fouled out against Serbia.


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