After 3 straight games, it’s a rest day today for the Philippine men’s basketball team that’s competing in Chenzhou, China — where Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas first won against BC Astana (73-65) then lost to Sareyyet Ramallah (82-89) before winning yesterday against Thailand’s Mono Vampire BC (115-102).
Next game would be tomorrow, September 26 at 9:45PM, against Petrochimi of Iran. And since we have already talked about the Filipinos against the Kazakhs, let’s now get on to their recent two games.
82-89 AGAINST SAREYYET RAMALLAH
While it was good to see two other guys, Jeron Teng (5/12) and Carl Bryan Cruz (3/11) — other than Isaiah Austin and Kiefer Ravena — firing more than 10 shots in their game, their assists were still low at only 10. More so, while most areas were as close as it could be — the Palestinians were actually the ones ahead on those stats. And Chooks-to-Go can’t just blame poor 3-point shooting (PHL 5/28, PLE 10/26) because they even had more free throws (PHL 23/30, PLE 11/16) compared to their opponent — so that cancels out the downtown percentage excuse.
In short, the Philippines lost simply because the Palestinians had control of the ball game even as the time one was leading explains it — which was 35 minutes of the way for Sareyyet as to only 3 minutes by Chooks-to-Go.
115-102 AGAINST MONO VAMPIRE BC
It’s amazing that the Philippines beat the Thais who defeated the Palestinians who were the conquerors of the Filipinos. Did you get it? What a merry-go-round! But that’s how it has been, one night you’re cold, next day you’re hot.
This stuff was in full display in Carl Bryan Cruz who was just 3-of-11 against the Palestinians but was red hot against the Thais shooting 8-of-11 from 3s. And with 4 of their players in double figures, with 3 even in the 20s, it didn’t really matter here if the Filipinos had 19 turnovers as they had their highest assist total so far with 22 while having more points in the paint 46-32.
All these only confirmed why they led for 39 minutes of the game.. and won.