FIBA: Gilas Bounces Back; Downs Hong Kong for first FIBA win

After an unexpected and disappointing loss to the underdog Palestinian team in the opening of FIBA Asia, Gilas Pilipinas finally bounced back, defeating the Hong-Kong team with a massive 51 points lead, ending the game at 101-51.

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Jayson Castro was the team’s top player, garnering 21 points, 5 rebounds, two assists, and 5 three-point shots for the team. Naturalized Andray Blatche also played a superb game with a total 17 points and 8 successful rebounds.

Gilas started strong early in the game, wasting no time to unleash a strong 12-0 run on the first quarter. As the game progressed, Gilas kept a strong lead, giving the Hong-kong team no time to takeover. Philippines closed the first half with a 29-point advantage, 51-22.

The second half propelled the Gilas team even further, pushing their lead to an 83-38 spread as the game enters the final quarter.

With a strong defensive front all throughout the game, the Hong-Kong team had little opportunity to breakthrough and turn the tide, closing the game at 101-51 in favor of the Philippine team.

According to reports, Gilas held a stronger defensive formation against Hong-Kong compared to their fight against Palestine, earning them a 41.2% 3-point shooting clip, much higher than the 23% they had against Palestine.

Compared to their play against Palestine, Gilas played more strategically against Hong-kong: they scored 17 of 28 three-point shots and reduced turnovers from 15 to only 10.

Gilas will be facing Kuwait on Friday, September 25, to wrap up the first round of FIBA.

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