Balanced Gilas dominates Macau in FIBA Asia Cup

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2012 12:38 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2012 07:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) Five players scored in double figures as the Philippine men’s national basketball team completely dominated Macau, 98-46, to gain their third win in the FIBA Asia Cup Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Jeff Chan (18), Jay-R Reyes (12 points), Jared Dillinger (11), Gary David (12) and Matthew Ganuelas (11) all finished in double-figures as Smart Gilas Pilipinas encountered little difficulty against the overmatched Macau side.

It was the Philippines’ last assignment in the preliminary round of the tournament, and their third straight victory after losing their tournament opener against powerhouse China.

Gilas finished with a 3-1 record in Group A, assuring them of the second spot in their group.

According to PBA.ph, Lebanon and China are likely to finish with identical win-loss records. In that case, Lebanon will top the group, followed by Gilas and then China after the application of the quotient tie-break system. 

A day after routing Uzbekistan, Gilas was once again hardly tested by Macau.

Ganuelas was particularly effective against Macau, as the 22-year-old guard finished with a near triple double after adding nine rebounds and nine assists to his 11 points in almost 29 minutes of action.

But it was a balanced effort for the Philippines, with every player fielded in by coach Chot Reyes scoring at least two points.

The Philippines did not even miss the services of naturalized center Marcus Douthit, who was given the night off. Gilas raced off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Macau did not score their first basket until the 5:34 mark of the first, and the points were few and far between for the tournament rookies, with Gilas eventually leading by as much as 52 points in the final period.

Gilas now has a day off before beginning the knockout stages of the tournament on Wednesday. They will be up against either Qatar and Chinese-Taipei.

“Looks like whichever team it is, it will be a tough one,” Reyes said in an interview with FIBAAsia.net. “Both are as good or as tough as the other.”

The Philippines made 61% of their field goal attempts while holding Macau to a platry 29% shooting. They also controlled the boards (40-34 in rebounds) and shared the ball better (24-8 in assists).

The nationals also found it easy to score against the Macau defense, with 46 of their 98 points coming inside the paint. They also scored 22 points off 15 turnovers by Macau.

Fu In Lao (14 points), Tong Fai Cheong (12 points) and Hip Meng Lo (10 points) all finished in double figures for Macau, but the three players were far from efficient as they combined to shoot 16-of-47 from the field.

The scores:

Philippines 98 – Chan 18, David 12, Reyes 12, Dillinger 11, Ganuelas 11, Norwood 9, Tenorio 7, Thoss 6, Fonacier 6, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva 2

Macau 46 – Lao 14, Cheong 12, Lo 10, Cai 6, Lai 4

Quarter scoring: 33-14, 55-33, 83-41, 98-46