FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Gilas Pilipinas still searching for the elusive win

Paul Lintag on Sep 07, 2019 04:27 PM
FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Winless but not hopeless
After a latest beating, this time at the hand of African champion Tunisia, the Philippines has lost fourt straight games in the World Championships. (FIBA)

It’s getting difficult to put an positive spin on Gilas Pilipinas’ horror campaign in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

After a latest beating, this time at the hand of African champion Tunisia, the Philippines has lost four straight games in the World Championships.

Granted, the celebrated 2014 team also lost four straight games to start the World Cup but the way the 2019 team has been losing is simply just demoralizing.

Here’s a breakdown of Gilas’ latest defeat, By the Numbers style.

 


1

Total number of players in double figures for Gilas Pilipinas against Tunisia.

It seems like the Philippine offense didn’t make the trip to China as the national team has been finding it extremely difficult to get buckets in Foshan and Beijing.

In the loss to Tunisia, no local cracked double figures and Anray Blatche was the lone double-digit scorer for Gilas with 24 points. Troy Rosario came next with eight markers.

 


-127

Gilas Pilipinas’ +/- rating in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Philippines is quite literally the worst team in the World Championships through Friday’s results. No team in China has a -100 rating, only Gilas.

If Gilas ends up with a 0-5 record, the national team may actually end up as the worst in a 32-team field.

 


28

Total points for Gilas in the fourth quarter for Tunisia, the Philippines’ best in the World Cup so far.

Gilas put together its best scoring effort in the final 10 minutes against the African champions but granted, Tunisia was already in cruise control after building a 28-point lead.

The Philippines is actually scoring well in the fourth quarter in China, averaging over 24 points in four games.

It still usally doesn’t matter however.

 


10

Total points for Gilas in the first quarter against Tunisia.

The Philippines scored one point for every minute in the opening period against the Tunisians. Gilas was down 17 after the first.

Gilas is averaging 12.8 points in the first quarter in China and the performance against Tunisia was the national team’s second worst.

The Philippines is trailing by an average of 15.5 points per game after the first quarter alone, and if you’re shooting that bad from the floor, that’s usuall a recipe for disaster.

 


40 percent

Total shooting percentage for Gilas Pilipinas against Tunisia.

It’s actually Gilas’ best shooting night in the World Cup and the still lost by 19 points, that about sums up the Philippines performance in China.

Gilas will try to at least take one win home when they end the World Championships Sunday against Iran.

 


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