It’s the fourth day of competition in Tokyo for the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup and the Smart Gilas Pilipinas got their third consecutive win, after fumbling to China on the tournament opener last Friday. Even though the Philippine National team were impressive during their Sunday match against Uzbekistan, the game against Macau proved to be an even more lopsided match.
Smart Gilas Pilipinas ends up no. 2 in the Group A ranking after they routed Macau in a 98-46 game. Hence, they will be facing No. 3 in Group B for the quarterfinals match on Thursday. Depending on how the rankings will go at Group B, they could either be facing Chinese Taipei or Qatar.
Meanwhile, Lebanon defeated China during their own match last Sunday, allowing them to place number one in the group. Since three teams (Philippines, Lebanon, and China) end up tied at 3-1 after the first round of group elimination, the quotient tie break system pushed Lebanon to the top of the group.
The game against Macau was a breeze for the team that coach Chot even brought the team to another round of practice at a nearby venue following the match. In fact, he opted not to play Marcus Douthit in the game at all. Coach Chot Reyes also did not use a single time out in the game.
The scores courtesy of www.pba.ph:
Philippines 98 – Chan 18, Reyes 12, David 12, Dillinger 11, Ganuelas 11, Norwood 9, Tenorio 7,
Thoss 6, Fonacier 6, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva 2.
Macau 46 – Lao 14, Cheong 12, Lo 10, Cai 6, Lai 4, Wong 0, Iong 0.
Quarterscores: 33-14, 55-33, 83-41, 98-46