FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Gilas’ heart breaks again
Paul Lintag on Sep 05, 2019 12:56 PM
After enduring a combined 105-point beatings at the hands of Italy and Serbia, the Philippine national team suffered yet another heartbreaking loss, this time to Angola in overtime. (FIBA)
The 2019 FIBA World Cup continous to be a punishing tournament for Gilas Pilipinas.
After enduring a combined 105-point beatings at the hands of Italy and Serbia, the Philippine national team suffered yet another heartbreaking loss, this time to Angola in overtime.
With that, Gilas has been swept out of contention in the World Championships and will head to the classification phase to play two more games.
All is not loss for Gilas, but the Angola loss stings, perhaps even more than the 46-point decision to Italy or the 59-point beating suffered against Serbia.
Number of years since Gilas Pilipinas’ breakthrough overtime win against Senegal in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Five years to the day, Gilas tried to replicate that success by winning its first World Cup game in overtime against a different African team. Instead, Angola got the victory in extra time and the Philippines’ winning streak against African nations in the World Championships has been snapped.
Total points for Andray Blatche in the loss to Angola.
After scoring only a combined 20 points in the losses to Italy and Serbia, Blatche came to play, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Angola.
Total points for CJ Perez against Angola.
Perez continues to impress in the World Cup, once again emerging as the top local scorer for Gilas.
CJ has increased his scoring in each of the three games in China and while he botched what would have been a game-winning play in regulation, it was also Perez that gave the Philippines a chance to win in the first place, sinking a clutch triple to force a 73-all tie against Angola.
Total field goal percentage for Gilas.
Offense has not been good for the Philippines in the World Cup as the national team struggled to get buckets in Foshan.
Against Angola, Gilas played catch up for almost the entire game mostly because they couldn’t put together any decent runs on offense.
Total three-pointers for Gilas Pilipinas.
Gilas connected on six triples from the fourth quarter onwards but it was still an ugly shooting performance for the national team.
The Philippines was only 4/24 from deep at halftime and finished the game at 10/46, which is only 21.7 percent. Gilas is shooting below 20 percent from deep for the whole tournament, and is the second-worst out of all teams in the World Cup.
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