Beginning its FIBA Asia Cup marketing campaign with a tricky loss to Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas must reassert its mastery over India with a view to bolster its probabilities of reaching the knockout phases
MANILA, Philippines – Coming off a loss to Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas faces a must-win scenario in simply its second recreation within the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia because it tangles with India on Friday, July 15.
Given its historical past of losses in opposition to its final group stage foe New Zealand, the Philippines must beat India with a view to bolster its probabilities of reaching the knockout phases.
Solely the highest squad from the four-team Group D will advance on to the final eight, with the subsequent two finest squads shifting on to the qualification to the quarterfinals.
The Tall Blacks and the Cedars have the within observe for the outright quarterfinals berth with equivalent 1-0 playing cards, whereas the Filipinos and the Indians share final place with 0-1 slates.
“Our championship recreation is our subsequent recreation in opposition to India and we’ve to arrange mentally, bodily for an additional grind-out recreation,” stated nationwide group veteran Kiefer Ravena.
The percentages are stacked in favor of the Philippines because it crushed India by a median of 20 factors in its two encounters within the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this 12 months.
Dwight Ramos confirmed the way in which for the Philippines in each routs, averaging 19 factors, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and a couple of.5 steals.
However at the same time as Ramos is sidelined as a result of shin splints, different gamers have proven they’ll rise to the event with out one among Gilas Pilipinas’ finest gamers.
SJ Belangel topscored in opposition to Lebanon with 17 factors, whereas Carl Tamayo and Ray Parks completed with 15 factors apiece.
“We performed in opposition to India however I feel it’s a totally different group proper now that they despatched right here within the FIBA Asia Cup. Now we have to be actually powerful and mentally ready coming into that recreation,” Ravena stated.
Recreation time is 4 pm.