Gilas Pilipinas used a stellar second half turnaround and drew big games from key stars to repulse Jordan in a monumental 74-66 win on Thursday (Friday Manila time) in its first game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers fifth window at the Prince Hamza Sporting Hall in Amman, Jordan.
Lebanese star guard Wael Arakji chose the perfect time to send a strong statement both inside and outside the court.
While it is not his first rodeo for a senior Gilas Pilipinas men’s national team, Kai Sotto is thrilled at the prospect of playing alongside Jordan Clarkson for the very first time in a FIBA-sanctioned game.
Not even a depleted 10-man lineup could stop Gilas Pilipinas Men’s running game as they beat India convincingly, 79-63 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers third window on Sunday, July 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Featuring a near full-strength roster, the powerhouse New Zealand Tall Blacks dominated Gilas Pilipinas from start to finish, 106-60 in the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers third window on Thursday in front of a capacity crowd inside the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland.
Back in 2016, FIBA decided to include Australia and New Zealand under FIBA Asia ahead of the 2017 to 2020 basketball cycle. This included their participation in the continental championship, the FIBA Asia Cup, as well as the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers when it drastically tweaked its qualification systems for the top international competitions.
New Zealand put on the defensive clamps while Tom Vodanovich put on an offensive show as they shut Gilas Pilipinas, 88-63 in a slugfest on Sunday, February 27, in front of a sold-out crowd inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Metro Manila.
Second generation Filipino-Japanese basketball player Matthew Aquino made a successful debut for the Japanese national basketball team as they picked up a close 76-71 win over Chinese-Taipei in Group B of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers second window on Saturday at the Okinawa Arena in Japan.
Gilas Pilipinas beat India, 88-64 on Friday, February 25 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum behind 32 points combined from Dwight Ramos and Thirdy Ravena.
Having been the face of Gilas Pilipinas ever since he made his men’s senior national team debut back in 2020, Dwight Ramos was aware that there were still two things he has not accomplished yet while donning the national colors for two years: to play inside the historic Smart-Araneta Coliseum and play in front of Filipino fans.