The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Australia at 7:30 P.M. on July 2, 2018 live in the Philippine Arena, Bulacan, Philippines.
Philippines’ beloved Gilas Pilipinas are set to protect its home-court against the powerhouse Australian Boomers when the third window of the 2019 FIBA World Asian Cup Qualifiers resumes this evening in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Just like how they did in their first clash with the team Chinese-Taipei in Smart Araneta Coliseum in November last year, Gilas started slow as they got surprised by the host nation with their sharpness in the three-point territory.
However, turnovers committed by the Taiwanese kept the Filipino basketball squad in striking distance. Then on the second quarter, Gilas able to make its first lead then the rest is now in the FIBA history books.
Coach Chot Reyes always mentioned that their focus is to take care of Chinese Taipei, that was during his initial interviews as they head on to the the third round of the home-and-away league format.
Then the surprising news spread like wildfire as team Australia got its first defeat in the hands of team Japan.
“We found out towards the middle of the fourth quarter that Australia did lose and we knew that Japan is a much stronger team now with the lineup that they have, naturalized players like (Nick) Fazekas,” Reyes said after the Philippines’ 93-71 rout of Chinese-Taipei also Friday night.
“But I must admit it was a surprise.”
With this turnaround, the number one spot for Group B is now up for grab. Whichever team will pull a win this evening will be the king of that mentioned group.
“I can’t say how optimistic I am (about the coming match) because we didn’t think of Australia at all coming to this ball game,” said Reyes.
“Before tonight our sole focus was Chinese Taipei and so now after we have some dinner and get back to the hotel we’re gonna start thinking about Australia.”
That might be the main reason why there’s a shake-up in the roster of Gilas. Carl Bryan Cruz and Amer Baser are expected to wear the Philippines jersey tonight and they will replace Allein Maliksi and Jio Jalalon. Coach Reyes seems like wanted more height and has some better strokes from long distance as they prepare for their opponent.
Team Australia will be showcasing two NBA players in their squad and they came from the same team. Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks will try to make a bounce back game after their debut got spoiled by Japan’s Akatsuki Five.
In their last match in Australia, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo led Gilas in scoring with his 15 points. The Kraken has already proven that he can also dominate in the international games such as this.