The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Chinese Taipei at 7:30 P.M. on November 27, 2017 in Quezon, Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines.
One win is already logged by the Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers and tonight they wanted another one to solidify their standings.
Although started slow during the Japan vs Philippines game, Andray Blatche delivered when Gilas needed him the most. Blatched logged 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists where most of his scoring damage came in the third quater or during team Japan made a surging comeback.
Jayson Castro William was the main man for the Philippines men’s national basketball team. Casto dropped 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists who played sluggish in the few minutes of the first quarter then decided to explode in scoring.
“It’s good to have Jayson step up and lead us,” Blatche said. “We did a good job on defense. It’s just that we missed a lot of open shots and we really got to work on that if we want to go farther.”
“Hopefully we’ll all be coming in focused and hit some shots and I’ll be playing at a much higher level than I did in Japan,” he added.
Coach Chot Reyes familiarity with the opponent plus the homecourt advantage puts Gilas Pilipinas as the favorite team to win the game. However, the veteran Philippines basketball head coach don’t take their next schedule for granted.
“We know them pretty well,” Reyes told local media. “A lot of their players are the players that we’ve played with against before. We just have to be prepared, but there’s a chance that they can always spring some surprises against us.”
Chinese Taipei got demolished by Australia Boomers in their game opener three days ago in front of their home crowd. The score was 104-66 and host nation appears no match to the reigning 2017 FIBA Asia Cup champion.
Quincy Davis III led the Taiwanese squad with his 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
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