FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2022: Gilas Pilipinas Shuts Down Host Jordan

Nov 11, 2022

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Gilas went on a defensive mode in the second half to take care of their World Cup Asian Qualifiers early Friday morning (Manila time) against Jordan.

Kai Sotto and Scottie Thompson stood out as they led their team’s effort, holding them scoreless while securing victory by ten points following an impressive performance that saw them trails 41-37 going into halftime; this is how it all played out!

Gilas showed up big time in their opener as they topped the hosts from Jordan, 58-51. The 6’11 Australian native was leading man for this team with 16 points and seven rebounds while also adding two assists alongside 2 blocks throughout his performance.

He proved himself to be a solid presence inside against 7 footer Ahmad Al Dwairi who had 11pts but it wasn’t enough; we outscored them 21-10 during third quarter which helped take control heading into final period. Gilas Pilipinas faced off against the Chinese national team and absolute giantkillers had their way with them, cruising to an easy victory in front of home crowd.

Thompson finishes strong with eight points while 13 rebounds; he also led coach Chot Reyes’ troops on defense by shutting down key players for China (4-3).

“We were able to hold them below 70 points, so I think that speaks well of our ability to defend.” Bobby Ray Parks complemented Sotto in scoring with 13 points, 11 of them coming in the first half when he kept Gilas afloat as Jordan rode on the hot shooting of naturalized player Dar Tucker and Al Dwairi.

CJ Perez scores 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in their game against Saudi Arabia on Monday morning (Manila time). He also helped slow down the opponent by getting close to them for defensive steals that led into easy offense opportunities given back out again later during plays when needed most; this strategy was used primarily against Tucker Max who paced Jordan with 23 point but only shot 9-of–11 from behind line while finishing 4oth

Al Dwairi was a one man wrecking crew for the majority of this game and it showed in his output. He scores 10 points before halftime, 16 rebounds (including four offensive) with only two turnovers to show off how effective he can be when given time on offense or defense alike. Jordan will face Group E leader New Zealand next Monday night at home but if they want any chance against them then there are going have figure out what’s wrong with “The Diesel” quickly because right now all eyes seem focused solely upon him

The scores:

Philippines (74) – Sotto 16, Parks 13, Perez 11, Thompson 8, Pogoy 7, Ramos 5, Aguilar 5, Erram 4, Malonzo 3, Kouame 2, Oftana 0.

Jordan (66) – Tucker 23, Al Dwairi 18, Bzai 9, H. Abbas 7, Ibrahim 6, Alhendi 3, Alhamarsheh 0, Z. Abbas 0, Hussein 0, Kanaan 0, Alnajdawi 0.

Quarterscores: 21-20; 37-41; 58-51; 74-66.

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