June 18, 2021 at 09:00 pm
Gilas Pilipinas needed time to get its act together.
And when they did, they woke up from a slow start and unleashed a big third-quarter assault that allowed Gilas to put away Indonesia, 76-51, Friday night in the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Angeles City.
Coach Tab Baldwin said members of the team finally made a difference in the second half when they were finally executing plays as they pulled off their fifth straight win.
“At halftime, we came out with a different attitude towards one another and what we’ve been working for. We played much better,” said Baldwin.
"And we’re certainly not there yet. But it’s very early for these young players,” said Baldwin.
Dwight Ramos and Ange Kouame struck with 11 points each as Team Philippines finally dictated the tempo in the second half.
“We need to be a team that can blend the two. Be a team that can play with tempo, but also with discipline,” added Baldwin.
The Indonesians managed to stay close off a triple from Agassi Yeshe Goantara, 31-35.
From there, the Philippine side unleashed a decisive 13-0 blast, which handed them a 48-31 spread in the last 2:39.
Baldwin felt that a lack of self-discipline from the team kept them from getting far in the first half, and having the composure to settle down.
“But’s it’s a great learning experience. So, we will improve from their lack of performance,” said Baldwin, who credited Ramos for his leadership and finding defensive solutions to their game in its early periods.
Ramos joined Kai Sotto and Angelo Kouame for key baskets during the run as they allowed Gilas to end the quarter with a 15-point advantage, 51-36.
Carl Tamayo banged in six points, with two treys in the last 8:11 of the fourth finding their mark, 59-36.
With the Philippines up by 23, Tamayo then left the court limping from a sprain.
Lester Prosper chipped in 22 points and had eight rebounds for the Rajko Toroman-coached Indonesians.
Ramos already had six points and nine rebounds for the Philippines as it took a 30-22 first half lead.