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What went wrong for Gilas in its World Cup opener vs Italy?


What went wrong for Gilas in its World Cup opener vs Italy?

Gilas Pilipinas suffered a humiliating 46-point beating at the hands of the Italians, 108-62, in their first game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Philippine national tea was dominated right from the get-go with the Italians torching Gilas with their marksmanship and superb defense.

Amedeo del Valle and Luigi Datome scored 17 markers apiece while Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari chipped in 16.

Andray Blatche and CJ Perez were the only double-digit scorers for Gilas with 15 each.

Here are the 3 things Gilas went wrong for Gilas that made them look helpless in their game vs Italy.

No ball movement

Gilas was a complete mess on the offensive end in their match up with Italy.

Gilas ball and personnel movement were stagnant throughout the game, unlike the Italians’ smooth offense. Through their chemistry and creative offensive sets, all of Italy’s quintet got to touch the rock as they got one great look after another.

As evidence, they completed 30 assists compared to Gilas’ 10.

Sour shooting from the rainbow country

Prior to the game, coach Yeng Guiao said outside shooting was the key to the team’s success. However, at least in this game, that notion clearly abandoned Gilas Pilipinas.

The national team shot only 13-percent from distance or 3-out-of-23 attempts and their makes only came when the game was virtually over.

CJ Perez, Kiefer Ravena, and Andray Blatche were the only ones who knocked down their treys.

In stark contrast, Italy shot an astounding 48-percent (15-out-of-31 attempts).

Barrage of turnovers

Another factor that doomed the national team is their miscues on the offensive end. Gilas turned the ball over 23 times leading to 34 points off turnovers for the Italians.

Italy has done a great job in keying on Andray Blatche, forcing him to turn it over nine times. CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena had their share also with three each.