FIBA Asia Cup

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs New Zealand – FIBA Asia Cup 2022

Delfin Dioquino
HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs New Zealand – FIBA Asia Cup 2022

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Gilas Pilipinas bows to New Zealand to wrap up the group stage and will face deadly Japan in the knockout playoffs
Game results

Gilas Pilipinas’ shot at getting a relatively easier path to the FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals got spoiled by New Zealand as it absorbed a 92-75 loss on Sunday, July 17.

The Philippines landed at third in Group D with a 1-2 record and will face deadly Japan in the knockout playoffs.

Kiefer Ravena churned out 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead the Filipinos, who were dominated by the Tall Blacks on the boards, 61-28.

Finishing as the second seed in Group D with a 2-1 card, New Zealand will tangle with Syria for a place in the quarterfinals.

Lebanon (3-0) clinched the sole outright quarterfinal berth in Group D after a 104-63 rout of India, which got the boot with a 0-3 slate.

(READ: Gilas Pilipinas to face Japan in KO match after 17-point loss to New Zealand)

(READ: Limiting turnovers not enough as Gilas Pilipinas’ rebounding missing vs New Zealand)

Preview

Will third time be the charm for Gilas Pilipinas?

The Philippines shoots for a breakthrough win against New Zealand and a chance for a less dangerous foe in the knockout stage of the FIBA Asia Cup when they lock horns on Sunday, July 17.

Clobbered twice by the Tall Blacks in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this year, the Filipinos seek redemption as they look to land at second place in Group D.

New Zealand and the Philippines are tied with 1-1 cards, with the winner likely to finish second in Group D and face the third seed in Group C, which will either be Kazakhstan or Syria, in the qualification to the quarterfinals.

The loser, on the other hand, will wind up at third and will tangle with the Group C second seed, which will either be Japan or Iran.

Barring an upset from winless India (0-2), Lebanon (2-0) is expected to top Group D and clinch the outright quarterfinal berth.

Momentum is on the side of the Philippines after crushing India by 42 points, while New Zealand suffered a shocking 14-point loss to Lebanon.

“We know that New Zealand is a very strong team. But the one thing that we cannot take away from these players is the fight in them,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes.

“They have a deep level of fight in our hearts.”

Game time is 9 pm.

– Rappler.com

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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.