By CARLO ANOLIN
Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a 46-point beating by the hands of New Zealand, 106-60, within the third window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Thursday, June 30 on the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
Gilas fell to a 1-2 document in Group A after its penultimate recreation within the first spherical whereas the Tall Blacks topped the division elims undefeated in 4 video games.
New Zealand set the tempo from the get-go and led by as many as 26 factors after the primary half because the 11-man Gilas struggled large time on each ends.
The Tall Blacks, who had been virtually flawless from the free-throw line by making 21 of twenty-two present shots-of-22, confirmed whole staff effort and even stretched the result in 30 factors, 73-43, heading into the payoff interval to drag away for good.
The Philippine males’s basketball staff continues to be below fireplace after dropping to Indonesia within the gold medal match within the Hanoi SEA Video games in Might.
Gilas additionally suffered an enormous blow within the fourth quarter as Carl Tamayo, the highest scorer for Gilas, needed to be taken out of the sport on account of an obvious sprained ankle.
Dion Prewster spearheaded New Zealand with 15 factors whereas 5 different Tall Blacks scored in double digits courtesy of Finn Delany (14), Jordan Ngatai (12), Ethan Rusbatch (12), Corey Webster (11), and Shea Ili (10).
Each groups truly struggled from past the arc however Gilas fared even badly, making solely 4 of 25 tries, two of them coming from Tamayo and every for Rhenz Abando, and SJ Belangel in comparison with the Tall Blacks’ 9-of-33 three-point taking pictures clip.
Tamayo paced Gilas with 16 factors together with 5 rebounds whereas Abando and Francis Lopez added 11 and eight factors, respectively.
Dwight Ramos chipped in six factors, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and two steals for Gilas whereas staff captain Kiefer Ravena had six factors as effectively.
The nationwide staff will fly again dwelling to the Philippines and is ready to face India on Sunday, July 3 to wrap up its first spherical marketing campaign on the Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis.
Nonetheless, New Zealand, the Philippines, and India are nonetheless the highest three groups shifting to the following spherical starting Aug. 25 on account of South Korea’s disqualification.