Gilas Pilipinas youngsters get valuable court time in rout of Indonesia


Gilas Pilipinas’ Justine Baltazar. FIBA ASIA CUP PHOTO

The training of a younger Gilas Pilipinas squad continued on Thursday within the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) Asia Cup qualifiers, with a number of rising standouts displaying their potential in a 76-51 flattening of Indonesia at Angeles College Basis in Pampanga.

Justine Baltazar had 11 factors and 9 rebounds, burying two triples because the Filipinos started peeling away within the third quarter, Ange Kouame additionally had 11 factors whereas tireless wingman Dwight Ramos chipped in 10 and 12 boards because the Philippines hiked its report in these qualifiers to 5-0.

However younger turks like 18-year-old Francis Lopez discovered time to tease their potential. The 6-foot-5 Lopez, an athletic wing, had eight factors for Gilas Pilipinas, together with a put-back that gave the Filipinos a 48-31 cushion halfway via the third.


RJ Abarrientos, 21, piled up 9 factors and 6 assists off the bench whereas Carl Tamayo, 20, swished back-to-back triples, the second of which gave Gilas Pilipinas a 59-38 unfold, 8:11 to go within the recreation. However greater than making probably the most out of minutes given to them, the kids within the nationwide group gained expertise concerning the worth of staying disciplined, particularly after a shaky first half.

“With out [discipline], we’re fairly unusual,” nationwide coach Tab Baldwin mentioned after the sport. “And we don’t wish to be unusual. We wish to be elite, we wish to should be a global basketball group that individuals would respect.”

“Definitely, we aren’t there but,” Baldwin added. “However it’s very early for these younger basketball gamers so it’s an excellent studying expertise for us. We’ll enhance due to that first half.”

Baldwin knew his younger squad can be hungover after Wednesday evening’s sensational 81-78 upset of South Korea, so he made positive that his wards knew of the perilous entice able to snare the group in opposition to Indonesia. “So you realize, what I’m going to say: Complacency is our enemy,” he mentioned earlier than the sport.


True sufficient, Gilas Pilipinas appeared disjointed within the first half, missing the execution and resolve the Filipinos flaunted in opposition to the Koreans.

“We actually lacked self-discipline, we lacked the self-discipline of the tradition we have been working arduous to determine,” Baldwin mentioned.

The Philippines shot underneath 28 p.c from the sphere, its frostbitten offense rescued solely by a constricting protection and 13 offensive rebounds that gave the group a 30-22 lead at halftime.

“So we got here out of halftime with a unique perspective in the direction of each other. We performed a lot better however I believe we must always mix the 2: A group that might play with tempo and in addition with self-discipline,” Baldwin mentioned.

The lead was at 35-31 early within the third earlier than Gilas Pilipinas scored 13 straight factors capped by that Lopez putback.

Kai Sotto completed with seven factors and 7 rebounds for the Philippines.

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