FIBA: Embattled Gilas shoots for first World Cup win vs. Angola
Paul Lintag on Sep 04, 2019 06:24 AM
The Philippines will have Angola on deck Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. tip off time at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena. (FIBA)
After getting eliminated in record time from the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas now turns its attention to the classification phase of the World Championships, with hopes of possibly sneaking into the Olympics next year.
But before the Philippines can even think about going to Tokyo, the national team has to actually win first and Gilas can start anew Wednesday against Angola, wrapping up Group D play in Foshan, China.
Gilas and Angola suffered the same fate in Group D, taking sound beatings at the hands of Serbia and Italy.
By losing such lopsided games, the Philippines and Serbia have ended up as two of the worst teams in the World Cup stats-wise.
Gilas is 29th in scoring with 64.5 points per game while Angola is worse, putting up only 60 points for 31st place.
Defense is where both teams have a bigger problem with the Angolans giving up 98.5 points (30th). The Philippines is actually the worst-defensive team, allowing 117 points per game.
The two countries are pretty much even across the board, meaning this could go down the wire.
After Gilas wraps up Group D play, the national team heads to Beijing win or lose.
In the Chinese capital city, Gilas takes on the eliminated teams from Group C.
The Philippines will have Angola on deck Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. tip off time at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena.
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