Gilas Pilipinas‘ triumph against Asian FIBA World Cup participant Saudi Arabia qualifications was mainly due to the backing of Filipino supporters in Jeddah, according to head coach Chot Reyes.
On Sunday night at the King Abdullah Sports City, the Philippines overcame a slow start and drew away in the second half to defeat Saudi Arabia 76-63. For Gilas Pilipinas, it was their third consecutive victory in the qualifying rounds.
In addition, they finished sweeping the fifth window after defeating Jordan on Thursday.
Only a few Filipino fans were present in Amman to see Gilas defeat Jordan, 74-66, while more spectators were permitted in Jeddah, much to the joy of the national team.
Before their match, Reyes remarked, “I recognized last night when I spoke to one of the federation’s officials, and I informed them, thanks to you for letting Filipinos see it because it’s unlike anything else locations that we’ve played.
Gilas Pilipinas Dominated the second half of the game.
Reyes credited the Gilas supporters for helping the team overcome a difficult start that saw them settle for a tie score of 16 all after the first quarter.
“I believe the audience provided us with a lot of energy. They truly helped us a lot, “Replies Reyes. Until we found our groove and started to make some shots in the second half and third quarter, they just wouldn’t let us lose.
The Philippines took control of the game in the second half, pulling up by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. Dwight Ramos and Roger Pogoy each scored 13 points, while Kai Sotto contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks to the team’s double-digit scoring total.
Along with his excellent performance for the flag, Scottie Thompson added nine focuses, nine bounces back, three bits of help, and two takes.
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