THE first round of Fiba Asia 2015 is over. With a 2-1 record, how does Gilas 3.0 measure up against international competition statistics-wise?
Let's take a look at the numbers.
The Philippines is doing well offensively so far with a 94.7-point clip, second only to Iran’s tournament-best 98.7 ppg average at the end of the first round of the preliminaries in Changsha, China.
Gilas also limited Palestine, Hong Kong, and Kuwait to an average of 63 points, which may not be totally impressive considering the level of competition it faced in its group.
With their PBA backgrounds, Gilas players aren’t shying away from contact, leading all teams in free throw attempts per game (25.7) but needs to convert more from the stripe due to a 64.9 percentage shooting that places it at eighth.
Gilas' 45.1% is good for sixth in field goal accuracy among the 16 teams in the tournament.
As for crucial three point shooting percentage, the Pinoys have a respectable 37.5% on 10 for 26.7 attempts per game, which is good for sixth best but is way behind the sharpshooting Koreans (49.2%) and Lebanon (42.3%).
The Philippines has to take better care of the ball. Gilas is tied at 10th with Iran with 13.3 turnovers per. A lack of a true point guard has translated to more turnovers (13.3) per game than assists (12.7). Passing and playmaking can hurt the team against tougher opposition as no Gilas player is averaging more than 1.7 assists per match.
Jayson Castro leads all Gilas scorers with 15.7 ppg and is shooting a deadly 53.8% from beyond the arc.
It has been said Gilas’ fortunes rests in large part to the performance of naturalized player Andray Blatche and signs are not promising. The former Brookyln Net has posted per game averages of 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
New Gilas pickups Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva and JC Intal are quick to justify their inclusion. Romeo, with 13.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.3 apg, is third in the team in scoring (.403 in 3FG%). Abueva plays bigger than his 6-1 1/2 height and is second in rebounding (7.3 rpg and 7.7 pppg) while his hustle and gritty play translates to increased efficiency on both ends of the court. Intal’s 7 ppg provides instant scoring off the bench but has to improve in his decision making on the court.
Veteran Dondon Hontiveros was a revelation in the first round. The Cebuano shooter has posted 50% accuracy from rainbow territory and is second on the team in three pointers attempted per game.
As expected, Gilas starter Ranidel de Ocampo has brought consistent numbers (8.3 ppg and 6 rpg, .526 FG%) and toughness to the Gilas side, as evidenced by his skirmish with Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Alhamidi last Friday.
Gilas coach tab Baldwin has shown faith in Gabe Norwood as a starter even as the 6’5” swingman continues to search for his shot (2.3 ppg, 22%FG). What’s working though is his defense, with Norwood usually getting the call to guard the opposing team’s best scorer on the floor.
Despite playing less than 10 minutes an outing, Asi Taulava has provided rock-like stability on the boards, with the 42-year old big center averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. Fellow big man Sonny Thoss is also providing 5 points and 4 rebounds spelling the frontcourt starters.