- France defeated Gilas Pilipinas in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- Gilas Pilipinas started strong but fell to the power of their opponent
- Tony Parker and Nando De Colo led the way for France
- The game ended with a 9-point advantage in favor of France
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Basketball Team, popularly known as Gilas Pilipinas, suffered a nine-point loss against France (93-84) in their first game in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday, July 5.
Led by naturalized center Andray Blatche, the Gilas Pilipinas players were all fired up in the first quarter of the game. However, France caught up in the second quarter and managed to shut down Blatche.
Gilas Pilipinas tried their best to block France’s offensive plays, especially its key players San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker and former NBA player Nando De Colo, but the power of the French proved to be just too much for the Philippines.
According to an article published by Bleacher Report, de Colo led France with 27 points while Parker chipped in 21 points.
According to an article published by Smart Gilas Basketball, the scores of Gilas Pilipinas players are as follows:
- Andray Blatche 21
- Terrence Romeo 19
- Jayson Castro Castro 14
- Jeff Chan 9
- Troy Rosario 6
- Gabe Norwood 4
- Ranidel de Ocampo 3
- Ray Parks 3
- Ryan Reyes 3
- Marc Pingris 2
Coach Tab Baldwin admitted that the team’s first loss in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament ‘stings a little’.
Philippine Star quoted the American-Kiwi coach as saying: “The real strength of the French team is their guards. Parker was a handful. He read our defensive schemes well.”
Gilas Pilipinas’ next opponent will be New Zealand. Their game is scheduled on Wednesday, July 6 at 9pm.
As for France, their next game is scheduled on Thursday, July 7 and they will also be playing against New Zealand.
The tournament will run from July 5 to 10 and only the winners of each of the groupings will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.