Here is the result of the Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar game scheduled on February 22, 2019 (Friday) for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – sixth window.
Gilas Pilipinas has taken care their first assignment in the sixth window of the tournament.
Team Philippines finds no problem disposing team Qatar in their own home-floor by beating the in a blowout fashion.
The Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall was filled by Filipino fans and that might be one of the reasons which propelled Gilas to a victory.
Talking about factors of the win, well that could be the return of Andray Blatche to the national squad. His presence was immediately felt by their opponent as he owns the first basket of the team.
Apart from his offensive abilities, his defense against Mohd Yousuf Mohmmed who is the main scorer of team Qatar in their initial meeting was so effective. Blatche limit his point production to only two points.
Mohd Yousuf also got injured after he and Blatche collided in mid-air.
In the first quarter, after Blatche made an and-1 basket, team Philippines struggled to generate a score. Their offense got predictable as they always look for Blatche in their offense.
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That difficulty ended when Jayson Castro William decided to make his points.
In the second quarter, Gilas demonstrated their defense which limits the Qatari squad to score only ten points.
Then at the start of the second half, Paul Lee initiated their long range shooting as he converted back-to-back three-pointers. Andray Blatche joined the party by swishing his two consecutive treys.
Then everyone in the team joined the splash party as their opponent seems like got demoralized and were unable to make a comeback.
Despite of the big lead, coach Yeng Guiao got ejected from the game as he got called for a technical foul twice. It all came from a Thirdy Ravena plays who was very aggressive in the game.
Gilas now improved their standings at 6-5 and the road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup that will happen in China later this year is very much alive.
Philippines vs Qatar Box Score
Quarters: 11-15 | 21-31 | 30-62 | 46-84
Gilas Pilipinas (84) – Blatche 17, Lassiter 14, Castro 11, Lee 13, Aguilar 10, Barroca 7, Erram 6, Rosario 4, Norwood 2
Qatar (46) – Saeed 10, Elhadary 7, Fouda 6, Gueye 5, Khalid 5, Al-Rayes 3, Muslic 3, Mujkic 2, Abdelhaleem 2, Mohammed 2, Avdic 1