Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

2016 Manila OQT

Manila OQT Shootaround Day 2: It’s do-or-die for Gilas Pilipinas

Games Today


SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City

6:30pm – Canada (1-0) vs. Senegal (Group A)
9:00pm – Philippines (0-1) vs. New Zealand (Group B)

The moment France received loud boos when the European powerhouse stepped on the Mall of Asia Arena floor, the team knew it will have a hard time winning against Gilas Pilipinas in the Philippines’ home turf.

As expected, the home crowd at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, gave the Philippines an added edge. While the thousands did acknowledge the greatness of the likes of Tony Parker and Boris Diaw by applauding when their names were introduced, the partisan crowd also went to business right after the opening tip.

The humongous crowd got rowdy every time France got hold of the ball. Just the sight of thousands booing Parker or Diaw or Nando De Colo felt unreal. But they did it as a sign of respect, knowing how capable those European greats are.

For the home side, the rambunctious Filipino fans roared after every rebound, every crossover move, every defensive stop, and every basket made. Gilas got the dream start they wanted, and it got even more deafening inside the venue.

But France, the no. 5-ranked team in the world, stayed composed and asserted control in the second half to steal the win. Still, Gilas received a standing ovation for their efforts.

The French players admitted that Gilas gave them everything they could handle.

“It was a tough game. We know that before the game. They are going to play with a lot of energy, which they did. But when we started to play together, to be more aggressive on defense, it was much better. The most important is the win, and now we have to keep working,” De Colo said, speaking highly of the Philippines’ one-on-one play.

“They’re good individually, and it makes a difference. When you try to play one-on-one, they are good players. But when we start to play together, it’s a different game.”

It is do or die now for the Filipinos against New Zealand on Wednesday. While carrying momentum from a valiant effort against France, the home side does not want to get complacent.

“Iiwanan namin tong larong to, kailangan namin magfocus bukas. Hindi pwedeng ah, kaya namin France, bukas, Baka mabaliktad naman tayo eh. So kailangan pa rin magtrabaho. Viewing bukas, shootaround, then adjust mga kailangan i-adjust,” Marc Pingris said yesterday.

#ReadMore  Standhardinger believes he and Abueva will be a handful come Asia Cup

READ MORE >> PINGRIS PROUD OF GILAS’ GALLANT STAND AGAINST FRANCE

“Bawasan namin yung mga error, mga pass na hindi magaganda, mga one on one. Pero proud pa rin ako talaga. Yun lang ang kailangan namin i-adjust. Kaya namin ‘to.”

But if there is ever a thing that can be picked up from the 93-84 loss to France yesterday, it’s that this is not the time to hate Gilas, or think of the could-have-beens.

It’s time to believe in them even more. If they held their ground against one of the best teams in the world, they can do the same against any other team in the tournament. If the crowd got that crazy after seeing the national team push France to the limit, imagine what could possibly happen if the next game came with a W.

Webster on New Zealand’s Haka


Aside from Gilas’ actual game against New Zealand on Wednesday, many fans anticipate the Tall Blacks’ Haka Dance.

New Zealand star Corey Webster said fans can expect them to perform it, and also opened up about the team’s preparations for the Haka.

READ MORE >> WEBSTER SAYS NZ READY FOR GILAS GAME, HAKA DANCE

Webster, who averaged 19 PPG in the 2015 FIBA Oceanias Championship, is expected to lead the squad against Gilas.

President Duterte graces Gilas-France game


FIBA-OQT-Day-1-Philippines-vs.-France-DU30-6546 Manila OQT Shootaround Day 2: It's do-or-die for Gilas Pilipinas 2016 Manila OQT Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte graced Gilas’ opener against France, appearing for a ceremonial toss.

READ MORE >> PRESIDENT DUTERTE THROWS CEREMONIAL TIP-OFF

Duterte received raucous chants from the Pinoy faithful when he made his way to center court. Duterte reciprocated by bowing in front of them.

He then raised his right fist, supporting Gilas.

#ReadMore  With Duterte's backing, PH on target to end Olympic gold drought, says Mikee Romero

Last night’s scores, Highlights, Top Plays


Canada 77 def. Turkey 69 


HIGHLIGHTS!

TRISTAN THOMPSON!

CANADA’S EYE IN THE SKY PLAYS!

France 93, Philippines 84


HIGHLIGHTS!

ROMEO CLUTCH!

ASIA’S FINEST AND HIS BRO TAKE ON TP!

TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT


Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2020 Tokyo Olympics

There should be no question about how invaluable the contributions of Marc Pingris were to Gilas Pilipinas. He willingly did whatever it took to...

Basketball

If one told a 22-year-old Marc Pingris that he’d last for 16 seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), he wouldn’t believe it.  The...

Basketball

If PJ Simon had his way, he would want Marc Pingris to play one more year. He believes that the 39-year-old still has enough...

Basketball

James Yap penned a touching tribute to Marc Pingris, who has officially retired from the PBA. The two-time Most Valuable Player’s post came a...

Basketball

For Ranidel De Ocampo, Marc Pingris is ‘puso’ personified.  The now-TNT assistant coach offered as much while paying tribute to his former Gilas Pilipinas...

Basketball

Save for stints with Gilas Pilipinas, Marc Pingris and June Mar Fajardo never became teammates in the PBA.  But Pingris, 39, treated Fajardo, 31,...

Basketball

Former Purefoods/B-Meg/San Mig Coffee/Star head coach Tim Cone penned a tribute to his beloved ward Marc Pingris hours after the stalwart announced his retirement...

Basketball

Calvin Abueva had just gotten home from Magnolia practice in Batangas when he was notified of the news that Marc Pingris had retired. And...

Advertisement