BEIJING, China — Gilas Pilipinas remains winless as it suffered its fourth loss from Tunisia, 86-67, in the classification stage of the FIBA World Cup 2019 on Friday, September 6, at the Wukesong Sports Center.
Gilas forward Troy Rosario, who scored eight points, said the team started sluggishly.
“We started out the game flat. In our practices, we are able to execute our plays smoothly. We don’t know why we can’t execute properly in the game. At the start of the game, we had turnovers and gave up easy layups. The game was decided already in the first quarter, ” he said.
The African champions had 49% field shooting while the Filipinos only shot 40%.
Omar Abada led Tunisia with 16 points while Salah Mejri, a former NBA player of Dallas Mavericks, scored 12 points.
Andray Blatche managed a double-digit score of 24 points while the other Filipinos scored no more than eight points.
“Andray has been struggling offensively. [But] it’s also a good sign, that even if we’re playing just one more game, that he was able to get his rhythm offensively at least in the fourth quarter — he made some outside shots, he drove hard to the basket and made a few dunks, ” said Yeng Guiao, head coach of Gilas.
Too late to overcome
Guiao said that the team still could not make their shots and despite the better play in the fourth quarter, it was not enough to bounce back to the game.
“We didn’t play good defense in the first half. We played better in the fourth defensively but it was too little too late, ” he said.
Gilas will face Iran on Sunday. Unfortunately, Gilas is no longer qualified to join the Summer Olympics, as China already seized the automatic spot when it won against Korea.
Tunisia (86) – Abada 16, Roll 13, Mejri 12, Rodhane 10, Hadidane 10, El Mabrouk 8, Mouhli 6, Ghyaza 5, Slimane 3, Knioua 2, Abbassi 1, Chennoufi 0.
Gilas Pilipinas (67) – Blatche 24, Rosario 8, Barroca 7, Fajardo 6, Perez 6, Bolick 5, Ravena 5, Lee 3, Aguilar 2, Pogoy 1, Almazan 0, Norwood 0.
Quarterscores: 27-10, 46-24, 67-39, 86-67
Source: GMA News