FIBA: Same nightmares haunt Gilas in latest World Cup beating
Paul Lintag on Sep 06, 2019 11:08 PM
The Philippines only shot 40 perent from the field and connected on 8/23 three-point shots in the loss to Tunisia. Only Andray Blatche finished in double figures with 24 points. (FIBA)
Once again, Gilas Pilipinas’ chances of winning a game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup pretty much evaporated inside the first 10 minutes of play.
To start the classification phase against African champions Tunisia Friday in Beijing, Gilas gave up the opening score and then turned the ball over twice in its first two possessions.
That gave Tunisia an early 6-0 lead which they would later carry into a 27-10 lead after the first quarter. Ultimately, it ended up being an 86-67 win for the Tunisians.
So pretty much the same, old story for Gilas Pilipinas. There’s really nothing positive about it at this point as the national team took a fourth straight beating.
“We started the game flat,” forward Troy Rosario said.
“We played good defense in the second half but the lead was too much [to overcome],” he added.
Aside from turning the ball over early, Gilas’ offensive woes followed them from Foshan to the Chinese capital city of Beijing.
The Philippines only shot 40 perent from the field and connected on 8/23 three-point shots. Only Andray Blatche finished in double figures with 24 points.
Rosario was the second leading scorer for Gilas with eight points.
“We’re still not making our shots. As a small team, we need to hit our outside shots,” head coach Yeng Guiao said.
“It so happened that they were making their outside shots and getting to the basket. That was the problem all game long,” he added.
Now stuck with a 0-4 record in Group N, Gilas Pilipinas will try to get that elusive win as they end the World Cup with a showdown against Iran Sunday.
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