Gilas falls to New Zealand anew, to face Japan in quarterfinals of FIBA Asia Cup

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The Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team could not get past New Zealand as it lost to the Tall Blacks once again, 72-95, in the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup on Sunday at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The loss had dire implications as it dropped Gilas into a winner-take-all match against the mighty Japanese squad led by Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe. If by any chance the Philippines wins that match on Tuesday, they will then take on Group A top seed Australia.

Gilas fell behind by 15 early, 23-38, but rallied late in the first half and trimmed the deficit down to five, 36-41, after a barrage of baskets from Kiefer Ravena and Karl Quiambao. However, the Tall Blacks quickly brushed off the Gilas uprising and raised their lead back to 19, 65-46, after a triple by Taine Murray with 2:08 to go in the third.

The Gilas tried to make a game out of it as they pulled to within 12, 72-84, after a bucket by Cebuano forward Carl Tamayo. But the Tall Blacks retaliated with consecutive three-pointers by Murray and Taki Fahrensohn to put the game out of reach.

Kiefer Ravena led the way for Gilas with 17 points, six boards, and three assists, while Tamayo and Quiambao added 14 apiece. Bobby Ray Parks chipped in 10. The Philippines, though, ended the group stage with a 1-2 card in Group D.

Flynn Cameron led the Tall Blacks with 18 points, while Murray added 16 markers.

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