Philippines vs Japan – FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2022

Gilas Pilipinas eyes FIBA ​​Asia Cup quarter-final berth against bruiser Japan in knockout tie

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is now ready to do anything to achieve his goal of finishing in the top eight of the FIBA ​​Asia Cup.

The Philippines are eyeing a spot in the quarter-finals when they take on bruisers Japan in a knockout tie at Astora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, July 19.

In recent years, Filipinos have repeatedly asserted their mastery of the Akatsuki Five.

But Japan – bolstered by NBA player Yuta Watanabe and naturalized player Luke Evans – are no longer easy as they finished the Asian Cup group stage with a 2-1 record. , losing only to Iran.

Japan lead the Asian Cup in average points (97.7), assists (24.7) and steals (12.3).

But arguably the Akatsuki Five’s strong point is their three-point shooting averaging 16.7 triples, which also ranks No. 1 in the tournament.

Familiarity will be key for the Filipinos to stifle the Japanese, with many of their players seeing action in the Japan B. League.

Ray Parks is teammate with Tenketsu Harimoto and Yutaroh Suda for the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, while Kiefer Ravena (Shiga Lakestars) and Thirdy Ravena (San-En NeoPhoenix) played against the rest of the Japanese team.

The three are also the best performers in Gilas Pilipinas.

Parks is averaging 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.3 steals, Thirdy standards 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.7 steals, while Kiefer is producing 8 .3 points, 3 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

Tipping time has not yet been announced.


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