The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a classification round head-to-head match against the team Japan in the 2018 Asian Games – Men’s Basketball at 5:00 P.M. on August 28, 2018 (PHI Time) live in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Gilas Pilipinas road going to the gold medal match got shutdown yesterday after team Philippines bowed down to team South Korea in the opening of the 2018 Asian Games Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals round.
Difficulty on handling the zone defense, unable to pull defensive rounds and the effectiveness of the South Koreans to shoot from three-point territory are the primary reason why the Jordan Clarkson-led Gilas got defeated.
“We just weren’t comfortable with the zone (defense), even Jordan (Clarkson) had a lot of problems dealing with it,” coach Yeng Guiao said. “They just zoned us all game long. They stuck with the zone, lived and died with the zone, and we couldn’t adjust in time,” Guiao added.
Team Philippines were leading by eight in the third quarter which seems to be on the way to control and dominate the game. Then, the unfortunate happen.
JP Erram chased a loose ball and on the progress, he slammed his head on the deck. Erram was on the floor for few minutes and he was pulled out because of some blood coming out from his mouth.
When the game resumed, the momentum slowly shifting to the South Korea’s side. Gilas unable to protect the boards and gave their opponent another chance to shoot the ball. Sad thing is, that added possession usually ended up with three-pointers.
Then, there’s Ricardo Ratliffe who was shutdown in the first three quarters and was in foul trouble due to early fouls went beast mode in the final quarter.
“Our strategy was really to stick with them and sacrifice the single coverage on Ratliffe,” said the NLEX Road Warriors head coach. “It was working for three-and-a-half quarters until the final five-and-a-half minutes,” he added
With that loss, the best thing Gilas can bring home is the fifth finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Today they’ll be playing against the short-handed team Japan.