Gilas Pilipinas put in a valiant effort in the opening game loss against France in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Philippines shifts its focus against the 21st ranked team in the world, New Zealand. Here are all the things you need to know for Gilas Pilipinas vs. New Zealand.
The Filipinos almost stole one from France but they ultimately lost 93-84. Former NBA star and naturalized player Andray Blatche scored a team-high 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals.
Terrence Romeo came off the bench and scored 19 points while Jayson William added 14 points and three assists. Gilas Pilipinas had several turnovers in the final minutes and France capitalized to put the game away.
The Philippines led as many as 10 points in the opening quarter but France was able to tie the game in the second and took over the game in the third. The Filipinos kept it close in the final minutes but the turnovers were just too much.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be playing their first game of the 2016 FIBA OQT and they will take advantage of the tired Gilas Pilipinas. The Tall Blacks will be led by their captain Mika Vukona and scoring guard Corey Webster. Their haka dance is also a highlight that should not be missed.
Expect the Filipino fans to cheer Gilas Pilipinas as they go for the win against New Zealand. A victory by the Philippines will put pressure on the Kiwis. If New Zealand loses, they will need a win in order to advance to the knockout stages of the 2016 FIBA OQT – Manila Leg.
Gilas Pilipinas vs. New Zealand Projected Staring Lineups
- Gilas Pilipinas: PG Jayson William, SG Jeff Chan, SF Gabe Norwood, PF Ranidel De Ocampo, C Andray Blatche
- New Zealand: PG Shea Ili, SG Corey Webster, SF Thomas Abercrombie, PF Isaac Fotu, C Robert Loe
Gilas Pilipinas vs. New Zealand Schedule, Live Stream, Box Score, and Highlights Links
- Schedule: July 6, 9PM (Philippine Standard Time); July 7, 1AM (New Zealand Standard Time)
- Live Stream: LiveBasketball.tv, Sports5 Portal
- Box Score: FIBA Live Statistics
- Highlights: FIBA YouTube Channel
Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com