MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas’ brave placement was not enough to hold New Zealand, 92-75 lost and third in Group D of the 2022 Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Philippines finished 1-2 in Group D and will face Group C’s second seed Japan, banned by NBA player Yuta Watanabe, in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Flynn Cameron led New Zealand’s equalizer with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Taine Murray delivered 16 points including four three-pointers and won eight pounds. Kruz Perrott-Hunt has 12 goals, while Tohi Smith-Milner added 11 points and 8 goals to decide the knockout match against Syria.
Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Quiambao led the national team’s valiant effort to keep the Tall Blacks in impressive distance, turning a 16-30 start into a five-point game, 36-41, overtaking the three-pointer. of Quiambao with two minutes remaining in the second half. quarter.
New Zealand got into action together in the third period with Taine Murray’s trio taking the biggest lead, 19 points, 65-46, at the 2:08 mark.
Ravena refused to surrender, sparking a 13-4 scoreline, to cut the deficit to 69-57 after his longest jump at the 7:36 mark of payback time.
Carl Tamayo also led Gilas’ final effort, scoring inside to cut it to 12, 84-72. But Murray and Taki Fahrensohn scored a reverse treble to make the match go 90-72 with 2:08 remaining.
“We lost the game in the first quarter. We hit 33 rebounds, so there was no chance for us to win a ball game and be overtaken that way,” head coach Gilas Chot Reyes said after they were beaten with score 61-28.
“But I told the players today after the game, we still have a chance again against Japan to get into the top eight. And now we have to forget about this ball game and just focus our energies and thoughts on our next game,” he added.
Ravena scored for the Philippines with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Quiambao made the most of his extended minutes with 14 points, four rebounds, three dimes and two steals, while Tamayo also scored 14 points with four goals.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr added 10 points but he shot 3/8 from the field.
Gilas made just one penalty shootout the whole game and scored 18 goals in New Zealand’s 13 turns. But the Tall Blacks proved too inferior, dominating with a score of 40-28 and even hitting 11 three-pointers.
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