Gilas Pilipinas routs Macau. Exceptional display of teamwork from Philippines. Playoffs starts Thursday.
Team Gilas Pilipinas won its third consecutive game in the FIBA Asia Cup 2012 via another blowout against a young team of Macau. The score is 98-46. Jeff Chan led again the team with 18 points and another 4 of 7 performance from the three-point range. Reserve big man Jay-R Reyes finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds off the bench and newcomer Matt Ganuelas Rosser almost had a triple-double as he tallied 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in another all-around performance. Gilas Pilipinas finished the preliminary round with a 3-1 record.
Gilas Pilipinas gave naturalized center Marcus Douthit a much needed rest and relied heavily on local big men Sonny Thoss, Rico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jay-R Reyes. Douthit will be very much needed come playoff time. This rest could really spell a big difference in a short tournament like this with games being done everyday.
Team Philippines showed great teamwork as they shared the ball and made baskets on 24 assists. They executed again extremely well that allowed them to score 41 field goals on 67 tries for a high percentage of 61 %. The team also shot 9 out of 22 from three-point range for 41%. We saw a lot of alley-oop plays from the team with Matt Rosser, Gabe Norwood and Jared Dillinger being recipients of brilliant passes.
Gilas Pilipinas showed exceptional teamwork. Trusting one another as if they are one body with many different parts. It’s another necessary nugget of life wisdom we can get from today’s victory. Trusting one another, teamwork and unselfishness. There is really no limit to what we can accomplish when we work as one and when we don’t care who gets the credit. No more crab mentality but “Bayanihan” spirit all the way.
Gilas Pilipinas played like that. Filipinos should live like that.
FIBA Asia Cup 2012 Playoffs kicks off on Thursday. Gilas Pilipinas will still wait for today’s result to determine their opponent from Group B. It will either be Qatar or Chinese Taipei.
It’s another great day for Philippine Basketball. A brighter day for every Pinoy.