The Gilas Pilipinas men’s national team got a reality check of sorts as they lost handily to the visiting Adelaide 36ers, 85-75, in their second friendly game at the Meralco Gym last Sunday evening.
Adelaide fired on all cylinders from the get-go and they managed to upend Gilas’ comeback attempt late in the ball game.
After leading by double digits for the majority of the game, the 36ers almost saw their lead evaporate when Gilas cut it down to as low as seven points down the stretch. However, a late trey by combo guard Daniel Dillon sealed the deal for the Australian pro club.
Kiefer Ravena finally made his comeback to the delight of Pinoy fans and he performed really well for Coach Yeng Guiao. It was his first official game back after serving an 18-month suspension given to him by the FIBA board.
Andray Blatche was his usual self by leading the SBP-backed squad in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and six rebounds. He, along with Ravena, were the only ones who chipped in double digit points.
Meanwhile for Adelaide, the quintet of Johnson, Griffin, McVeigh, Taylor, and Teys scored all in double digits and the team performed much better shooting from the field.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines examines on some factors that didn’t go Gilas’ way.
Subpar shooting percentages across the board
Perhaps what doomed Gilas in this game is their overall shooting. With guys like Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright out for the mean time, Coach Yeng Guiao’s offense wasn’t humming along than expected.
All in all, the team shot only 26-percent from three-point land and 40-percent overall from the field. Adelaide, on the other hand, shot 45-percent from distance and 50-percent overall.
Crisp passing by the 36ers
The 36ers have fared better particularly on offense in this game. Loaded with capable guards on their roster, Coach Joey Wright had more options to become more creative in their schemes.
Adelaide dished out 21 assists compared to Gilas’ 14 with Daniel Johnson and Daniel Dillon leading the way with four apiece.
Lack of support from the locals
Kiefer Ravena’s return was capped off with 11 points. However, he was the only local who scored in double digits in this match.
Marc Barroca and CJ Perez were the next local scoring leaders with eight each, but neither of them shot at least 45-percent from the field. June Mar Fajardo scored seven while Raymond Almazan and Robert Bolick both tallied six.
With the Final 12 already set to fly in China, expect Coach Yeng Guiao to draw out more production from his wards in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.