Gilas takes on India at FIBA Asia Cup – Tempo – The Nation’s Fastest Growing Newspaper
By REYNALD MAGALLON
Gilas Pilipinas is expecting a tough game when he features in a crucial tiff against India in the FIBA Asia Cup on Friday at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Filipinos are taking the match as if it were the league match as the winner of the crucial encounter will most likely advance to the next round while the loser will be knocked out. Tipping is at 4 p.m. Manila time.
Both teams are coming off heavy losses in their first assignments, with Gilas falling to Lebanon, 90-85, while India were utterly destroyed by New Zealand, 100-47.
A horrendous second quarter spelled the end for the Filipinos in their opener as it allowed Lebanon to regain their attacking momentum, eventually creating a 22-point lead that proved too much for the Filipinos to overcome. Filipinos despite their repeated rallies.
Team captain Kiefer Ravena refused to dwell on the loss while emphasizing the need for the team to bounce back in the next game to keep their tournament hopes alive.
“We have another chance, another opportunity to bounce back and now our league game is our next game against India and we have to prepare mentally, physically for another tough game,” Ravena said.
“We played against India, but I think it’s a different team now that they are sent here in the FIBA Asia Cup, so we have to be very tough and mentally prepared before the game,” said he added.
Despite the loss to Lebanon, Gilas coach Chot Reyes for his part found a silver lining on Gilas’ 14-1 run that cut the 22-point lead to just nine at halftime. course of the last frame. That should be momentum that Gilas could harness to head into the game against India.
“It’s a shame the result turned out like this, but I think we had a good run,” Reyes said. “We never gave up even when we were down nearly 20 points in fourth. We’ve had a great run to get into mid-single digits in the fourth quarter. »
SJ Belangel finished with 17 points while Ray Parks and Carl Tamayo had 15 points each.
India are no pushover despite the Tall Blacks’ 53-point thrashing. He will rely heavily on his NBA Academy hopes led by Pranav Prince who scored the team’s top scorer in the loss to New Zealand with 13 points while Arvind Kumar Muthu Krishan added 10.
In the third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Filipinos handily beat the Indians, 79-63, led by 21 points from Dwight Ramos.
Ramos, unfortunately, was out of the FIBA Asia Cup with a leg injury, but fellow B.League imports Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena and Ray Parks Jr. are expected to carry the charge.
India were then led by Muin Bek Hafeez who scored 13 points against the Filipinos.