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.
As the final buzzer sounded inside the Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam and Indonesia erupted into celebration at center court to celebrate a historic Southeast Asian (SEA) Games basketball title, Filipino sports fans back home knew something felt wrong.
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.
Dwight Ramos and Thirdy Ravena combined for 32 points as Gilas Pilipinas pulled away in the middle two quarters to outlast India, 88-64 on Friday in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers second window at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After a 101-46 statement victory over India on Thursday in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers second window, The New Zealand Tall Blacks are now preparing for what is expected to be a competitive clash against Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday, February 27.
Gilas Pilipinas will be in a tough group when the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia commences starting on July 12.
Gilas Pilipinas will have its sixth man inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers February 2022 window next week.
Earlier this week, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced that veteran Philippine basketball tactician Chot Reyes will take over the coaching duties of the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team, replacing Tab Baldwin.
Thirdy Ravena tallied the best stat line of his Japan B.League career, but it was Dwight Ramos who scored the last laugh as the Toyama Grouses edged the San-En NeoPhoenix, 90-89 on Sunday.