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Gilas Pilipinas beat Chinese-Taipei led by Castro and Fajardo

Gilas Pilipinas defeated Chinese-Taipei, 90-83 led by Jayson Castro with 20 points and June Mar Fajardo with 17 points in their 2nd game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Give Gabe His Due

When coach Chot Reyes reassumed coaching duties for Gilas, he bared his plan to tap into Philippine basketball’s young talent, with an eye on the 2019 World Cup and beyond. This meant that one Gabriel Daniel V. Norwood would likely be out of the national team pool.

Gilas Remains Work in Progress

Gilas Pilipinas may have started the FIBA World Cup qualifiers with a win, but if their performance against Japan is any indication, then this iteration of Gilas might be in big trouble.

In a case of taking half a step forward and several steps back, the nationals struggled to put away a young but game Japanese squad, ultimately needing the brilliance of Jayson Castro and timely baskets from Andray Blatche, Matthew Wright, and RR Pogoy to outlast their counterparts from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Gilas Off to a Good Start, Outlasts Japan

Gilas Pilipinas got the country’s pursuit of a World Cup berth off to a roaring, albeit rocky start, outlasting a hard-charging Japanese squad 77–71 before a packed Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Gilas Pilipinas beat Japan led by Castro

Gilas Pilipinas defeated Japan, 77-71 led by Jayson Castro with 20 points (3/5 from 3) along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists in their 1st game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers held in Tokyo.

Gilas Pilipinas Player Pool for FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

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As posted by Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Reyes in his twitter account, he mentioned 16 players so far in the Gilas Pilipinas Player Pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Watch: Gabe Norwood’s Defensive Mixtape

Gabe Norwood averaged 5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in 6 games for Gilas Pilipinas.

Watch: Gabe Norwood’s Defensive Mixtape

Seven Takeaways from Gilas’s Seventh Place Finish in Lebanon

So, it is done. After a promising start to the FIBA Asia Cup highlighted by a three-game sweep of the eliminations, Gilas Pilipinas finished with a resounding thud, finishing a dismal seventh. Here are seven takeaways from the debacle in Lebanon.

1. Gilas is way behind.
That swashbuckling 3-0 start, capped by a dramatic, down-the-wire stunner over China (albeit the watered down version), was all smokescreen as it obscured the harsh reality that this iteration of the national team is, in fact, way behind its rivals both from Asia, and more so, from Oceania. That harsh reality was none more evident than in the least three games: a complete, utter annihilation at the hands of the South Koreans; a shellacking from old man Fadi El-Khatib and his Cedars; and a rather disappointing saved-from-the-jaws-of-defeat win over the Jordanians.