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Gilas Pilipinas kill themselves with costly turnovers, poor spacing vs France


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Everything was going well for Gilas Pilipinas in the first quarter until they committed untimely turnovers that disrupted their flow and execution, giving France Les Bleus the wheel to win, 93-84, in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila.

Philippines suffered 18 turnovers in the game, seven coming in the second quarter which allowed France to finish the first half with a two-point advantage.

Gilas also lost possesion 10 times in the second half, due to mental lapses caused by the reliable French defensive scheme.

“We didn’t space the floor well,” Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin said. “We did not give the space for Dray [Blatche] to create. When spacing wasn’t there, they forced us into turnovers.”

Gilas gave their best to replicate their scorching hot performance in the opening salvo, but failed to execute properly on both ends of the floor.

They missed 15 crucial shots and gave away nine fouls, as Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker produced high-percentage baskets for France.

“When our offense broke down or opted not to establish an offensive flow, that’s where we got into problems,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin also believed that Gilas put up a great challenge against the NBA-player studded France, who also had to push a little hard to win the game with a nine-point advantage.

After the single-digit loss to the France Les Bleus,­ Philippines heads to a must-win game against New Zealand, July 6 at 9 P.M. if the country wants to keep their bid in Rio Olympics alive. (Roxanne M. Enriquez)