Younger Gilas Pilipinas crew proves mettle by likely unscathed in Manama

THE Younger GILAS PILIPINAS Workforce experienced its share of doubters when it was despatched to the next window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain, but confirmed it deserved the possibility specified to it by sweeping its two-video game assignment. — FIBA

Had its share of doubters when it was sent to the second window of the 2021 Intercontinental Basketball Association (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain, the younger Gilas Pilipinas staff showed it deserved the opportunity given to it by sweeping its two-recreation assignment.

The Jong Uichico-coached workforce of novice and collegiate stars completed a shutout of Thailand in their joust by getting the next activity as effectively on Monday night in convincing fashion, 93-69.

It was in comply with-up to Gilas’ 93-61 victory in its very first match of the window on Friday.

The Philippines was constant on each finishes as soon as once again, regardless of a far better stand from the Thais than that in the opener.

Javi Gomez de Liano of the University of the Philippines led a well balanced attack by Gilas, finishing with 19 points on an effective 87.5{849e8ffd61f857ae171dd9a8fd6fc742959f810141db87fd65508d4e2428dfac} capturing clip on the floor.

His brother Juan concluded with 14 details when Dwight Ramos and Matt Nieto had 13 and 12 factors, respectively, in the acquire.

Isaac Go, in the meantime, experienced a near double-double of 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Justine Baltazar only experienced two details, but pulled down 11 rebounds and experienced a few steals.

For Thailand, it was huge man Chanatip Jakrawan who confirmed the way with 34 details and 12 rebounds.

Just like in the initial match, Thailand held the match shut in the initially quarter before the Philippines put a firmer grip on the proceedings as the video game progressed.

Gilas was on major, 53-34, at the halftime crack and just retained its opponent at bay after on the way to the victory.

“We really harped on getting our players execute our game program both equally offensively and defensively. In our initial video game, we received massive and we have been concerned that maybe they will get this recreation for granted, but they did not,” reported Mr. Uichico in the postgame push conference of the kind of state of mind they had as they finished their marketing campaign in the Bahrain window of the qualifiers.

With the get, the Philippines secured solo management in Group A with a 3- record, forward of next-operating South Korea (2-), and fortified its placement for a location in the FIBA Asia Cup going on in August up coming calendar year.

As for each match structure, the best two groups in each of the 6 groupings in the qualifiers advance outright to the Asia Cup.

Apart from solidifying its place in the continental match, the achievements of the younger Gilas Staff in Bahrain bodes very well for the thrust of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ (SBP) plan for the national group, which include that for the FIBA Earth Cup in 2023, which the place is co-web hosting with Japan and Indonesia.

“We’re really looking at this as a prolonged-phrase method for the countrywide group,” reported SBP president Al Panlilio in the lead-up to the Manama window and in forming the younger squad for the match.

The following window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers is scheduled for Feb. 18 to 22 subsequent year, with the Philippines maybe taking part in host to some online games as the SBP presented the region to FIBA as a feasible location. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo