Gilas Pilipinas bows to host Australia, absorbs first loss in FIBA World Cup Qualifier

ByVictor Adea

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Gilas Pilipinas gave the hosts a good fight in the early goings but eventually succumbed to the superior size and shooting of Australia’s national team to absorb its first defeat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

The Boomers on the other hand stayed undefeated following the 84-68 romp over the Filipinos.

Gilas was still up by 5, 30-25 about midway into the 2nd period before the roof caved in.

The Aussies took advantage of Gilas’ poor shooting from the field and on the free throw line as the hosts took charge and established a 5-point lead, 37-32 entering the halftime break.

The Boomers continued with the onslaught in the 2nd half behind the hot-shooting of Cameron Gliddon and the inside scoring of Angus Brandt.

The hosts outrebounded their Filipino counterparts 50-30 and had more assists as well, 16-8. Gilas shot better from the field at 43.75% compared to the Aussies who converted 41.27% of their attempts. The Filipinos however shot poorly from the free throw line, making only 7 out of 19 attempts compared to the Aussies who connected on 25 out of 32.

Gilas will be aiming to bounce back when they take on Japan at the MOA Arena on February 25 while the Boomers will be looking for a 4th straight win when they host Chinese Taipei on February 24 at the same venue.

The scores:

Australia 84 — Gliddon 16, Brandt 13, Creek 12, Lisch 12, Kay 7, Hodgson 6, Kickert, 5, Norton 4, Wagstaff 4, Cadee 2, Sobey 2, McCarron 1

Philippines 68 — Fajardo 15, Wright 9, Blatche 8, Pogoy 8, Norwood 7, Alas 6, Ravena 6, Abueva 5, Aguilar 2, Tratter 2, Cruz 0, Maliksi 0.

Quarterscores: 19-19, 37-32, 63-49, 84-68.


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