Gilas Pilipinas dominated by New Zealand, set for Japan standoff
Gilas Pilipinas’ courageous stand was adequately not to hold off New Zealand, losing 92-75 and completing third in Group D of the 2022 Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Philippines completed 1-2 in Group D and will confront Group C’s No.2 seed Japan, which is bannered by NBA player Yuta Watanabe, in a knockout quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Flynn Cameron drove New Zealand’s decent assault with 18 places, four bounce back, and three helps. Taine Murray conveyed 16 focuses including four three-pointers and snatched eight sheets. Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 12 markers, while Tohi Smith-Milner added 11 focuses and eight sheets to set a knockout match against Syria.
Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Quiambao drove the public group’s brave work to keep the Tall Blacks inside striking distance, transforming a 16-30 begin a five-point game, 36-41, off Quiambao’s three-point play with two minutes staying in the subsequent quarter.
New Zealand started acting responsibly in the third period with Taine Murray’s triple mounting the greatest lead, 19 focuses, 65-46, at the 2:08 imprint.
Ravena would not give up, igniting a 13-4, to chop down the deficiency to 69-57 off his fadeaway jumper at the 7:36 sign of the result time frame.
Carl Tamayo likewise drove Gilas final desperate attempt, scoring inside to manage it to 12, 84-72. However, Murray and Taki Fahrensohn penetrated consecutive triples that set coordinate aside with a 90-72 edge with 2:08 leftover.
“We lost the game in the first quarter. We got outrebounded by 33 rebounds, so there’s no chance there’s no way for us to win a ball game and getting outrebounded that way,” said Gilas head coach Chot Reyes after they got beat badly on the boards, 61-28.
“But I told the players today at the dugout after the game, we still have a chance one more against Japan to get to the top eight. And now we have to forget this ballgame and just focus our energies and our thoughts towards our next game,” he added.
Ravena pushed the Philippines with 17 places, six bounce back, and three helps. Quiambao capitalized on his drawn out minutes with 14 points, four rebounds, three dimes, and two steals, while Tamayo also scored 14 to go with four boards.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 10 markers however he shot 3-of-8 from the field.
Gilas just dedicated one turnover in the entire match and scored 18 off New Zealand’s 13 turnovers. However, the Tall Blacks demonstrated a lot inside, overwhelming the paint 40-28 and in any event, hitting 11 three-pointers.