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Reign of treys: Gilas Pilipinas shoots past Japan in 2nd round of FIBA Asia

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Japeth Aguilar slams over Japan’s ICHIOKA Hiroshi and TAKEUCHI Kosuke. FIBA ASIA PHOTO by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Shooting lights out from the three-point area and Marcus Douthit having his way, the Philippines was just too much for Japan to stop Monday night.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas, reeling from a 79-84 loss to Chinese Taipei in a game the Nationals should’ve won after holding a 13-point lead with only a quarter left to play, rode on its hot-shooting to torch the Japanese, 90-71.

“I’m a firm believer that in life once you stumble you should get up. We stumbled the last time and we got up,” said Philippines coach Chot Reyes.

“We just wanted to show that we really wanted to bounce back,” said stretch forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who alone connected on three out of four triples to finish with nine points to go along with two rebounds, a pair of assists and a couple of steals. “There’s no time to get tired and we really have to be focused on our next games.”

Overall, the Nationals, who drew 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks from Douthit, made 12 out of their 20 attempts from long range with Jeff Chan rebounding from a zero-point outing against Taiwan with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from deep.

“The reason Marcus (Douthit) was able to dominate was because the other players did their jobs also to get him opportunities,” said Reyes.

“Important game for us today and we’re very disappointed but we still have games left. We couldn’t stop the outside shooting of the Philippine national team,” said Japan big man Kosuke Takeuchi after recording 17 points and nine rebounds through an interpreter.

“We regret that we couldn’t play our basketball. We were down 10 points at the half and we couldn’t stop their outside shooting,” echoed Japan head coach Kimikazu Suzuki. “They kept their style. We gave them a lot of points off turnovers. We have two more games left we will focus on the rest of the games.”

With the Japanese five still in reach, de Ocampo and Alapag stretched Gilas’ lead to double-digits, 44-34, late in the second quarter.

The Philippines was just heating up.

Chan opened up the third quarter with two treys to break the game wide open, 52-36. He buried another one to make it, 71-47, minutes after.

Captain Jimmy Alapag put the anxiousness away with his own three with just a little over four minutes remaining before Gary David finally joined the party from the right corner for 90-67 advantage as the crowd cheered him on “Gary! Gary! Gary!” the moment he came back into the game in the final minutes up to the final horn.

“Siyempre ilang laro na medyo nawawala si Gary (David). Malaking bagay yung nangyari sa sakanya. Naka-shoot siya kahit papaano hopefully ma-carry over niya yun sa next game,” said de Ocampo.

  • oh_noh

    congrats!!!

  • FibaMonster

    Nice Win, but we still have to fix the complacency during the 4th quarter, there is still some habit left and we have to eliminate that complacency, overall it was a great game with great intensity from GILAS, just continue to strive harder and always think that every quarter you margin is 0 and that you have to increase it every quarter. Keep it Up!

  • INQ_reader

    Galing-galing!!!

  • Jr Derha

    ibabad si gary sa HK game pag abanse na tau para confidence build-up..

  • jorgii0550

    Medyo tahimik ata dito Hmmmmm?

    Malaki talaga ang kaibahan pag panalo ang Gilas RP team wala yung mga nega-crab dito at yung mga 50 cents troll.

  • bit coin

    I’m waiting to see Gary David hitting the most important shot in the most important game of GILAS. That would be very huge! Some sort of vindication for Gary and coach Chot.

  • stena

    huzzah! it was a very good night for gilas, indeed. yung 3-point FG shooting nasa 60%. for japan naman, it was very very bad. ang daming turnovers. parang walang gana o motivation maglaro ng basketball.

    good luck on your next game, gilas!

  • oh_noh

    QF collision course – alert!!! (our road may end in the QF)

    E1 Chinese Taipei/Qatar vs. F4 Kazakhstan
    E2 Philippines vs. F3 China
    E3 Qatar/Chinese Taipei vs. F2 Korea
    E4 Japan/Jordan vs. F1 Iran

    If we beat China in the QF, it will be SF vs. Korea then F vs. Iran!

    To avoid China in the QF, we should beat Qatar by more than 5 points, and Qatar should beat Chinese Taipei by 5 points or less (and less than our margin against Qatar)

    E1 Philippines vs. F4 Kazakhstan
    E2 Qatar/Chinese Taipei vs. F3 China
    E3 Chinese Taipei/Qatar vs. F2 Korea
    E4 Japan/Jordan vs. F1 Iran

    If we beat Kazakhstan in the QF, it will be SF vs. Korea then F vs. Iran!

    *whew* Pinagpapawisan na ako ng malamig ha *hahaha*

    Good luck GILAS!!!

    • bit coin

      Winner over the other yata ang rule pre. Dapat matalo ng dalawang beses ang Chinese Taipei at mai sweep naman natin ang last 2 games para tayo mag top sa group. Correct me if I’ wrong.

      • oh_noh

        tama ka, win over the other nga… carry over kase sa second round ang talo natin sa first round sa CT. so sa second round, dapat matalo ng Qatar ang CT at talunin naman natin ang Qatar ng mas malaki ang “quotient” (triple tie ang kalalabasan nito at 4-1).

        tsaka, mukang malabo nang talunin ng Japan ang CT :)

        • bit coin

          Pwedeng masilat ng Japan ang Chinese Taipei dahil gigil silang manalo lalo na at tinambakan sila ng GILAS. Ma pride ang mga yan.

          • Joey Sanchez

            Mahina ang Japan kagabi! Mahina un mga players unlike Taiwan!

          • bit coin

            Syempre magaadjust ang Japan magiging dikdikan laban nila.

    • oh_noh

      ang worst natin sa second round is 3rd in the group… and that would put us against Korea in the QF *lunok*

    • RedvD

      Or magpatalo sa Qatar tonight. That way, we finish 3rd and face KOR in the QF. We’ll see tonight, gabi naman laro natin e. But if we face CH, ok lang we have a good chance against them, they are not like before

    • haybuhay69

      pero beatable ang china ngayon, kala ko nga matatalo sila sa kaz kahapon eh, wag lang biglang mawawala injury ni Yi Lian Jian

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Go, go, Gillas and let those treys flow like water!!! (The only thing they have to do is get those treys inside the basket w/c will require composure and not again collapsing in the 4th quarter..)

  • mang_berto

    Ang ganda ng depensa kagabi. Mabilis mag-react pag dumating na yung pick. May mga instances pa rin na naiiwan yung shooter ng kalaban pero kaunti lang. Sana lang pumutok si Gary D. mamaya.

  • Joey Sanchez

    Let Japeth drive strong to the hoop! He is unstoppable!. Tangkad, mabilis with power slam dunk to the hoop! Gawin siya go to guy ni Chot! Chot should recognize the power of this young man!

  • Joey Sanchez

    Dont let Douthit shoot outside! Madalas mintis. Magaling sya sa shaded lane magpost-up! Set-up plays for guys like Fonacier, Chan, Alapag at Ocampo to make treys! Setup play for Japeth to drive to the hoop! Tangkad na plus the talon, drive strong to the hook! Also, decoy with Japeth receiving like last nite! Slam dunk big time! Yan dapat gawin.

  • Joey Sanchez

    Poor decision passes make many turnovers. Avoid avoid avoid! 1+1 defense cover. Pag nkalusot sa first defense, another defense to block the shot like what Douthit did! Tapal ang labas!

  • Joey Sanchez

    Castro always drive to the hoop not passing when clogged. Labas, tapal cya siempre maliit. Set up plays, pasa sa labas for assist. 1-2 punch yan! Pwede cya magdrive pag magisa lng depensa nya.

  • Joey Sanchez

    Yan Coach Chot maganda, smile ka! Gwapo ka pa tingnan!

  • Joey Sanchez

    Gilas should have variation of offense. Setup plays 2x; tapos diskarte ng point guard 2x; tapos setup plays naman 2x. Para di mawala sa rhythm. Kagabi, nagkakonting run ang japan sa 4th Q. Walang setup play, tapos turnover; poor passes! These should be avoided. Nag diskarted, e di umobra. Dapat balik sa setup play ulet para sure ball mka score. Go to guy si Douthit, Japeth, gawang ng setup plays. Tapos meron treys, maraming pupwede. Magaling at 3 point guard natin. Pag inaalat, labas agad like Castro, palit Alapag. Kung sino magawa ng run/score dun muna.

  • Joey Sanchez

    Qatar, wala yan sa treys natin basta na setup! Drive strong to the hoop si Japeth. Post up si Douthit, magaling cya! 1+1 sa defense. Tatalonin natin Qatar!

  • Batang 80′s

    Gilas needs to exert more effort on defense and three’s tonight vs Qatar.

  • Dibs

    galing ni japeth….

  • noelv

    Defense is the best offense, don’t forget teamwork

  • kwaknit

    dapat talunin natin etong qataris…gogogogo

  • bit coin

    Bench players na lang para matalo tayo sa Qatar tapos ipetiks petiks pa para iwas injury. Siguradong pag pinukpok natin ang laban sa Qatar mamimisikal yan dahil mabagal sila. Hataw dito hataw doon at puro bangga ang gagawin nila sa mga shooters ng GILAS. Iwas China pa rin ang pinaka best way para makapasok tayo sa Semis.

    FIBA RANKINGS
    China – No.11
    vs.
    PH – No.45 (49 pa yata)

    Iwas China muna basta makapasok sa top 3 to qualify sa WC gawin ang lahat. Hayaan na natin sa Chinese Taipei at Qatar ang top 2 places sa Group para malaki ang chance natin na makapasok sa semis.

  • Jun Manacsa

    wala bang comment sa coaching staff na “ang panalong ito ay para sa mga japan OFW’s na nilapastangan sa Japan”???



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