Despite their guaranteed slot on the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup, Batang Gilas settled for fourth place in their latest loss to New Zealand in the FIBA U-16 Asian Championship held in Foshan, China.
China was able to withstand Philippines’ late rally with a score of 60-54 last Saturday night, setting up a battle-for-third match with New Zealand.
And just a while ago, New Zealand also was able to come out on top with the score of 76-60, relegating Philippines to a fourth place finish.
Here are the takeaways of the game between Philippines and New Zealand:
-New Zealand was able to control the inside against Batang Gilas, manhandling them en route to 18 points in the paint compared to Philippines’ eight. Kiwi guard Marvin Williams-Dunn was one of the main catalysts for New Zealand with his variety of slashes in the shaded area, putting immense pressure on the Philippines’ interior defense.
-Philippines’ was completely out of sync on offense early on, shooting an atrocious 21.4% from the field for the first half with only six total shots made in the first quarter. They weren’t able to convert anything from the field in the second quarter, where the Kiwis unleashed a 24-7 outburst, which proved to be difference of the game.
-The Kiwis were able to out-hustle their opponent by grabbing 48 rebounds (11 offensive) compared to Batang Gilas’ 37 (6 offensive). New Zealand was able to push the tempo for quick baskets early as most of the Philippines’ 13 total turnovers were committed in the 2nd period.
-Marvin Williams-Dunn led the way for New Zealand by tallying 17 points while Terrence Fortea and Kai Sotto tried to keep it close for the Philippines by notching 18 and 13 points respectively despite their struggles from the field.
-Quarterfinal hero RC Calimag was not able to suit up for this game due to a hyper extended knee. His production was sorely missed by the young Gilas squad.
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