FIBA By the Numbers: The future is now for Gilas
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Feb 24, 2020 03:51 PM
On top of his 23 points, Thirdy also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in his Gilas return. The future is now for the former Blue Eagle. (FIBA)
Gilas Pilipinas' new era is off to a fine start thanks to the national team's impressive road win against Indonesia to open the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
With a relatively younger group than that previous iterations, Gilas took a while to get going but got the job done without too much trouble in the fourth quarter nonetheless.
Pending new announcements for their cancelled home game against Thailand, the Indonesia road win is Gilas' last game and we'll have to wait a good nine months before the national team takes the court again.
With that, here's a nice ol' By the Numbers to help ease us through a much-needed Gilas break.
Total points for Thirdy Ravena in his first game back in Gilas Pilipinas.
Thirdy just added to his stock as the most coveted Pinoy prospect outside of Kai Sotto with this performance with the national team.
Ravena led Gilas with 23 points, all in the first three quarters of the win against Indonesia.
Up until the national team opened the floodgates in the fourth quarter, it was Thirdy that was getting buckets for Gilas, keeping Indonesia at bay.
On top of his 23 points, Thirdy also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. The future is now for the former Blue Eagle.
Total players in the scoring column for Gilas Pilipinas in the win against Indonesia.
Thirdy's scoring outburst kept the Philippines ahead, but Gilas' balanced attack eventually overwhelmed the hosts in Sunday's 30-point win.
RR Pogoy got hot in the fourth and finished with 16 points while CJ Perez, Kiefer Ravena, and Juan Gomez de Liano all scored in double figures as well.
Only Isaac Go didn't score for Gilas but he did have seven rebounds in almost eight minutes of action.
Total steals for Gilas Pilipinas against Indonesia.
Interim head coach Mark Dickel likes his team to play defense and that was pretty evident in the way Gilas was aggressive in their first game to start the Asia Cup qualifiers.
Gilas recorded 15 steals in a game where Indonesia had 16 turnovers.
Seven players had at least one takeaway with CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena leading the national team with four steals each. Dwight Ramos and Poy Erram had two apiece.
Largest lead of the night for Gilas Pilipinas.
Indonesia was within four, 51-55, late in the third before Gilas ended the quarter with a 12-2 blitz for a 67-53 lead.
Come the fourth quarter, RR Pogoy started out hot and Kiefer Ravena and CJ Perez helped add the finishing touches as the national team cruised to a big road win in the Asia Cup qualifiers.
Total fouls on Gilas Pilipinas.
It wasn't all smooth sailing for Gilas as the Pinoys were called for a grand total of 26 fouls Sunday.
Early penalty situation in the second and third quarters allowed Indonesia to stick around as they connected on 20 out of 23 free throws.
Eight Gilas players had at least two fouls though no player fouled out.
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