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Gilas Pilipinas bounced back from India’s defeat in the Fiba Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas' Will Navarro

Gilas Pilipinas’ Will Navarro. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines-Gilas Pilipinas relied on a great shot by William Navarro and Thirdy Ravena to beat India, 101-59, and secure a spot in the next round of the 2022 Fiba Asia Cup on Friday at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Navarro led the Philippines ’balanced attack with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting along with two three-pointers, coming off the bench in 16 minutes and 47 seconds of play to bounce back from their 80s. -95 defeat in Lebanon two days ago.

Ravena, who sustained an eye injury from a face-first landing on Wednesday, showed no signs of pain, contributing 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two steals, and an assist as Gilas progressed to a 1 -1 record in Group D.

The Philippines will end their Group D stint against New Zealand on Sunday at 9pm (Manila time).

“We want to get into this game of ball and make sure we produce a better performance than our last game. That’s number one, to be able to play at our level, at a certain level,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.

“I will admit it was a bit difficult to start the game. But the players recovered and I thought we were putting pressure on the other team. We know that if we keep it from being a halfcourt game, our chances of winning will increase. ”

Thirdy Ravena led Gilas Pilipinas vs India.

Thirdy Ravena led Gilas Pilipinas vs India. –FIBA BASKETBALL

The Filipinos exploded with 31 points in the third quarter with the Indians holding on to just four points in just over nine minutes. Navarro finished the 25-4 run to record a 39-point lead, 76-37, leaving the game with 2:03 left in the period.

Gilas had no mercy in the payoff period where Rhenz Abando hit the trey to build the biggest margin, 42 points, 95-53, with just 3:12 left. RJ Abarrientos maintained the big lead with his back-to-back triples.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was also instrumental. with 12 points, four assists, three steals, and two rebounds, while Abando was 3-of-4 from deep, adding 10 markers.

Rookie big man Kevin Quiambao had a brilliant passing of the night, putting up nine of the team’s 23 assists. He also posted six points, three rebounds, and a steal.

Gilas avoided a slow start from a 13-all deadlock in the opening period where Ravena’s jumper ended the 7-0 run for a 21-13 lead to end the quarter.

Navarro scored nine of his 18 points in the second quarter on his two free throws that reaped a 22-point cushion, 49-27, in the final 49 seconds of the first half.

India suffered their second loss in Group D where Muin Bek Hafeez led the team with 14 points, while Pranav Prince had 11 points and four rebounds.

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES 101 – Navarro 18, T. Ravena 17, Parks 12, Abando 10, Tamayo 9, Lopez 8, Abarrientos 8, Quiambao 6, Erram 6, Belangel 4, K. Ravena 3, Chiu 0.
INDIA 59 – Hafeez 14, Prince 11, K. Singh 8, Tomar 7, Rawat 6, Sekhon 5, Muthu Krishnan 4, A. Singh 2, Aryan 2, Nayak 0, Goti 0.
Quarters: 20-13, 51-33, 82-43, 101-59.

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