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.
Gilas Pilipinas was back in action on Thursday, June 30, in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers but lost to a superior New Zealand quintet, 106-60 at the EventFinda Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
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.
Playing in their first FIBA official game in over a year, the Tall Blacks reminded the international basketball scene that they’re among the best countries in hoops.
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes is wary of India’s height and vast improvement throughout the years, which is why he reminded the squad members to bring their best game against the South Asian side.