FIBA World Cup By the Numbers: Reality check for Gilas
Paul Lintag on Sep 09, 2019 05:46 AM
With a 0-5 record, Gilas Pilipinas is guaranteed to finish in the bottom four of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. (FIBA)
In the end, not even Gilas Pilipinas’ best start in the 2019 FIBA World Cup ended with a win.
The Philippines bowed to Iran Sunday to end the World Championships. Gilas Pilipinas will head home from China with five losses.
Gilas will also come home wih valuable lessons learned from a tough trip.
Let’s wrap this thing up with a final By the Numbers for Team Philippines.
With a 0-5 record, Gilas Pilipinas is guaranteed to finish in the bottom four of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
As of right now, the Philippines is in last place. Japan (-115) and Jordan (-132) still play one game and if they both win, Gilas will finish last. If they both lose, they need to have worse point differential than the Filipinos or else, the Philippines will keep its last place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Total three-pointers connected by Gilas in the opening period. It was the best shooting start for the Philippines in the World Cup, making 6/11 from deep in the first 10 minutes.
Then Gilas went cold.
The national team went 5/16 the rest of the way and lost by 20.
Total points scored by Gilas in the opening period.
The Philippines trailed by six to Iran after one, 24-30. Gilas only scored 26 in the second and third quarters however and the Iranians put the game away.
After three, Iran was up, 75-50, and ended the game with a 95-75 win.
Total points for Andray Blatche.
In what could be Andray’s final game for Gilas, the big man shot 4/12 for 12 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
He also had five fouls, the last two being technicals in the fourth quarter that led to his ejection.
Number of years before the next World Cup in 2023.
The Philippines will co-host with Japan and Indonesia, with Manila serving as the primary.
Gilas is qualified for that World Cup but it would take quite a few changes in order to not see a repeat of this 2019 performance.
We’ll see if that’s the case in 2023.
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