QUINCY Davis lamented getting into foul trouble early and failed to come to Chinese Taipei’s aid down the stretch of a 90-83 loss to Gilas Pilipinas Monday night in the FIBA World Cup qualifier at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The naturalized player finished with a game-high 20 points, but was held down to just four in the second half after being called for his fourth foul in the third period. He eventually fouled out at the two-minute mark off Kiefer Ravena and Gilas holding to an 84-76 lead.
Davis added nine rebounds, an assist, and two turnovers as the Taiwanese lost for the second straight time in less than a week after opening their campaign with a 104-66 setback against Australia at home.
“I don’t think we can really be aggressive if our main player is in foul trouble. My defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” he admitted in the post-game presser. “So I think we got to do a better job when Gilas comes to Taipei.”
With Davis at the forefront of Chinese Taipei’s inside plays, the visitors started strong and led by as much as 14, 17-3.
But he admitted the Taiwanese lost their focus when Gilas, especially its talented backcourt, began to get its game going.
“We stopped doing it (pounding the ball inside) and lost our focus a little bit,” he said.
The 34-year-old American from Alabama noted the Chinese Taipei failed to do a good job containing Gilas’ platoon of guards led by rookie guard Kiefer Ravena, veteran Gabe Norwood, and Jayson William, the two-time Asia’s best point guard.
“Gilas is very strong with their guard play,” added Davis, stressing he committed his last personal foul while trying to defend against a driving Ravena inside.
“I wore myself a little bit. But my last foul was on a guard driving to the basket without anybody guarding him,” he said. “So we really got to work on it.”