The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Kazakhstan at 10:30 P.M. on February 24, 2019 live from the Astana, Republican Velodrome Saryarka.
Gilas Pilipinas shot to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is now closer to reality after they logged another victory few days ago in Qatar.
Though the standings at the moment of the Group E and Group F still messy, coach Yeng and his players will focus their efforts on what they control and forget other things.
Sure, team Philippines still has the potential to finish at number three in their bracket but that will depend on the outcome of the Iran and Japan game also scheduled this evening.
The fiery Gilas coach got help from local basketball experts as they analyzed the previous game of team Kazkhstan versus team Australia.
Anthony Clemmons the naturalized player of the Steppe Wolves is said to be the marked man of the opposing team.
Though they lost the game against the Boomers, Clemmons still able to deliver 31 points and was 50% from the three-point area (4-of-8).
Actually, not only Clemmons needs to be stopped but also Alexandr Zhigulin who torched Gilas when they visited the Philippines last November 30, 2018. Zhigulin dropped 30 points in that match where he converted 50% of his three-point shots (6-of-12).
LABAN, PILIPINAS! 🇵🇭
Gilas Pilipinas is going all in and all out in its final match in the #FIBAWC Asian Qualifiers against Kazakhstan.
— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) February 24, 2019
The veteran big-man of the Kazakhs squad gave match-up problem. With his ability to shoot from outside and can outrun our bigs might be main reason why Gilas lost in that game held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
On the other hand, team Pilipinas will have their answer and that’s Andray Blatche.
Blatche was impressive in his return to Gilas squad where he delivered almost triple-double performance. The 32-year-old registered 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.
Likewise, RR Pogoy is also back in Gilas uniform after serving his suspension slapped by FIBA due to the July 2, 2018 Philippines vs Australia scuffle.