FIBA Asia Cup: Gilas loses to New Zealand


Posted at Jul 17 2022 10:42 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2022 02:38 AM

Kiefer Ravena scored 17 points, and Gilas Pilipinas had a better showing against New Zealand but it wasn't enough in a 92-75 loss at the FIBA Asia Cup on Sunday.

The Philippines – which finished Group D at third place with a 1-2 record – will next take on Japan in a qualification game for a spot in the quarterfinals in Jakarta.

That match is on Tuesday, with the winner battling formidable Australia in the Last 8 round.

Lebanon (3-0), which topped Group D and received an outright quarterfinals berth, awaits the winner of the China-Indonesia game. New Zealand (2-1), which finished second in the group, battles Syria for the right to take on Korea next.

The last time the Filipinos faced New Zealand on June 30, they lost 106-60 in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

Young big men Carl Tamayo and Karl Quiambao added 14 points each, and returning national-team player Ray Parks Jr. chipped in 10 points for Gilas, which struggled from long distance at Istora Senayan.

Head coach Chot Reyes and his squad shot just 6 of 25 from 3-point territory (24%), while the Kiwis made 11 of 30 (36.7%).

They were also outrebounded 61-28 – 41-22 on the defensive glass and 20-6 in offensive boards.

A silver lining for the Filipinos was in the turnovers department, coughing up a possession just once while forcing New Zealand to 13.

Flynn Cameron, a 22-year-old point guard, finished with 18 points to lead New Zealand, which was fielding a younger roster than the one it went with in the 60-point blowout win against Gilas last month.

New Zealand's top six scorers in that game did not suit up in Jakarta.

According to the Tall Blacks team website, four players are debuting for the national squad and six others have a combined 14 caps.  

“We’ve got a young group no doubt, but I’m excited about some of these young guys coming through the program,” head coach Pero Cameron said in a pre-tournament interview posted on the same site.

The Philippines has not won in four games overall against the southern Pacific nation.

While the game was close in their second meeting in three weeks, New Zealand led wire to wire and by as many as 20 points.

After trailing 46-38 at the half, the Filipinos would not get closer. 

Reyes and co. were limited to just one field goal after the break until Ravena's lineup at the 2:14 mark of the third quarter; at that point, New Zealand was in full control, ahead 62-46.