HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Brazil – FIBA OQT 2024 semifinals

Delfin Dioquino

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HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Brazil – FIBA OQT 2024 semifinals


Gilas Pilipinas ends its bid for a Paris Games berth after bowing to Brazil in the knockout semifinals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas bid goodbye to its Paris Games dreams as it crashed out of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Riga, Latvia, after a 71-60 loss to world No. 12 Brazil in the semifinals on Saturday, July 6.

Justin Brownlee paced the Philippines anew with 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Dwight Ramos added 13 points in the knockout match.

Kai Sotto, who played impressively in the tournament, sat out the entire game after getting hurt in the previous match versus Georgia. 

Bruno Caboclo dropped a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace Brazil, which will fight for an Olympic berth against the winner of the other semifinal duel between host Latvia and Cameroon.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: Brazil eliminates Gilas Pilipinas, 71-60, and advances to the finale
  • BRAZIL 71-60: CJ Perez with another layup
  • BRAZIL 71-58: Georginho de Paula long two
  • BRAZIL 69-58: CJ Perez layup
  • BRAZIL 69-56: Lucas Dias cleans up his own miss
  • BRAZIL 67-56: Carl Tamayo dials from long distance with two minutes left
  • BRAZIL 67-53: June Mar Fajardo drains his free throws
  • BRAZIL 67-51: Marcelo Huertas continues to take over in the fourth
  • BRAZIL 65-51: Dwight Ramos bucket
  • BRAZIL 65-49: Leo Meindl inside
  • BRAZIL 63-49: Marcelo Huertas with another pull-up jumper
  • BRAZIL 61-49: Justin Brownlee from deep
  • BRAZIL 61-46: Bruno Caboclo 2/2 at the line
  • BRAZIL 59-46: Bruno Caboclo and-one with 5:42 minutes left
  • BRAZIL 56-46: Marcelo Huertas for three
  • BRAZIL 53-46: Japeth Aguilar putback
  • BRAZIL 53-44: Marcelo Huertas pull-up jumper
  • BRAZIL 51-44: CJ Perez steals and scores
  • BRAZIL 51-42: Dwight Ramos sinks the corner trey
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: Lucas Dias beats the buzzer to give Brazil a 51-39 lead
  • BRAZIL 49-39: Lucas Dias makes it a 10-point lead with a triple
  • BRAZIL 46-39: June Mar Fajardo jumper is good
  • BRAZIL 46-37: Bruno Caboclo 2/2 at the line
  • BRAZIL 44-37: CJ Perez flips it in
  • BRAZIL 44-35: Yago Santos for three immediately after coming off the bench
  • BRAZIL 41-35: June Mar Fajardo ends the scoring drought for Gilas Pilipinas with a tip in
  • BRAZIL 41-33: Georginho de Paula splits his charity shots
  • BRAZIL 40-33: Bruno Caboclo skies for the dunk
  • BRAZIL 38-33: Marcelo Huertas scores to extend the Brazil run to 11-0
  • BRAZIL 36-33: Didi Louzada 1/2 at the line
  • BRAZIL 35-33: Leo Meindl corner triple is good, forcing Gilas Pilipinas to call timeout
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 33-32: Georginho de Paula steps back for the trey
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 33-29: Bruno Caboclo opens the second-half scoring
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: Low-scoring affair has Gilas Pilipinas leading 33-27 at the half
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 33-27: Didi Louzada lefty layup
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 33-25: Marcelo Huertas swishes the midrange jumper
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 33-23: Justin Brownlee from long distance to restore the 10-point lead
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 30-23: Cristiano Felicio putback
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 30-21: Georginho de Paula long two
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 30-19: Justin Brownlee one-hander
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 28-19: June Mar Fajardo with another jump shot
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 26-19: Yago Santos for three
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 26-16: CJ Perez saves the broken play
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 24-16: Vitor Benite stops and pops
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 24-14: Yago Santos attacks
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 24-12: June Mar Fajardo fadeaway jumper is good
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Gilas Pilipinas off to a promising start as it leads 22-12
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 22-12: Justin Brownlee sinks his freebies
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 20-12: But Chris Newsome scores again
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 18-12: Leo Meindl ends the scoring drought for Brazil
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 18-10: Chris Newsome 1/2 at the line
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 17-10: Justin Brownlee from long distance as the Philippines controls the boards
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 14-10: Justin Brownlee stops on a dime and floats it in
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 12-10: Dwight Ramos going to work early
  • 10-10: Lucas Dias for three
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 10-7: Japeth Aguilar cleans up his own miss
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 8-7: Dwight Ramos back-to-back threes
  • BRAZIL 7-5: Dwight Ramos from deep
  • BRAZIL 7-2: Bruno Caboclo flushes it home
  • BRAZIL 5-2: Chris Newsome puts Gilas Pilipinas on the board with a jumper
  • BRAZIL 5-0: Bruno Caboclo with the offensive rebound and the short stab
  • BRAZIL 3-0: Gui Santos opens the game with a corner triple
  • GILAS PILIPINAS – Justin Brownlee, June Mar Fajardo, Chris Newsome, Dwight Ramos, Japeth Aguilar
  • BRAZIL – Marcelo Huertas, Bruno Caboclo, Leo Meindl, Lucas Dias, Gui Santos

Two more wins and Gilas Pilipinas will play in the Paris Olympics.

The Philippines aims to inch closer to that goal as it battles Brazil in the knockout semifinals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday, July 6.

Expect Justin Brownlee to show the way for the Filipinos following a pair of near triple-double performances in the group stage, which saw the Philippines stun world No. 6 Latvia and drop a close loss to No. 23 Georgia.

Brownlee is averaging 27 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.5 assists in the OQT.

Four more are scoring in double figures for the Philippines, with Dwight Ramos (14.0), Chris Newsome (11.5), Kai Sotto (11.0), and CJ Perez (10.0) making their presence felt for the national team.

Sotto, though, is a game-time decision as he got hurt in the first half against Georgia after Goga Bitadze landed on top of him – an accident that kept him sidelined for the rest of the game.

“He is a game-time decision. No fractures but there is still soreness,” said team manager Richard del Rosario of Sotto.

While Brazil stands as the favorite being ranked 12th in the world, it is not invincible.

Brazil clinched the top seed in Group B, but not without a hitch as it absorbed a surprising 77-74 loss to 68th-ranked Cameroon.

Half of the Brazil roster have NBA experience, with Bruno Caboclo – a journeyman who played for the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets – averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Game time is 8:30 pm, Manila time. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.