FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas to assess Matt Nieto injury

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas Pilipinas to assess Matt Nieto injury

FLOOR GENERAL. Matt Nieto helps tow Gilas Pilipinas to a 3-0 record in Group A.

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Despite his injury, Matt Nieto ends up with his best scoring game in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers as Gilas Pilipinas routs Thailand

Gilas Pilipinas will assess the severity of the ankle injury Matt Nieto sustained in their 93-69 demolition of Thailand in the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers.

Nieto left the court in the third quarter after rolling his ankle during a drive attempt and sat out the game the rest of the way.

“He just sprained his ankle. We do not know how bad it is but he could not return,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Jong Uichico.

“We have to check if it is swollen or not.”

Nieto played steadily before his injury, putting up 12 points on a healthy 6-of-8 shooting to go with 2 assists and 1 rebound in just 14 minutes of play.

It was his best scoring game of the qualifiers after averaging 3 points and 6 assists in the Philippines’ first two games.

Gilas Pilipinas tops Group A with a 3-0 record followed by South Korea (2-0), Indonesia (1-2), and Thailand (0-4). –

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.