The Dominican Republic held the door open ever so barely for Gilas Pilipinas to advance to the following spherical on Tuesday.
Italy slammed it shut.
This was how the Fiba World Cup second-round hopes ended for the Philippines: A 90-83 defeat to world No. 10 Italy that relegated the squad to the qualification section and additional dimmed the Filipinos’ possibilities of making it to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“It was powerful. We competed exhausting and tried to determine issues out on the go,” stated Jordan Clarkson, who led the Philippines with 23 factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists.
A livid rally within the stretch ended up a hole combat: Italy outscored the Philippines within the center intervals to take a 13-point lead into the fourth—precisely the margin of victory Gilas wanted to advance to the following spherical and lead the race amongst Asian groups for an outright ticket to the Summer time Video games.
“We did what we needed to do. It was not simple,” stated guard Marco Spissu, who had 13 factors and 9 assists for the Italians.
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A longtime rival program leads that Olympic race now after a dramatic victory final Sunday.
Japan’s rally from 18 right down to beat Finland, 98-88, allowed the Akatsuki to ease out entrance of the race for that Asian ticket to Paris.“[We’re] attempting to create a brand new commonplace right here for Japan basketball and that is positively a giant step in the best course,” head coach Thomas Hovasse stated shortly after the victory.
The Japanese misplaced to Australia, 109-89, additionally on Tuesday, which means all Asian groups will doubtless slide to the classification spherical. After taking a three-point lead on the finish of the primary quarter, the Filipinos did not sustain with the Italian onslaught within the second and third intervals. The loss got here after dropping two winnable video games in opposition to the Dominican Republic and Angola.
Gilas now must win its two matches within the classification section to have a shot at an outright Olympic spot. In any other case, it should lower a path to the glitzy French capital by the use of the Olympic Qualifying Event (OQT). And even that isn’t a free cross.
Gilas, who completed useless final within the earlier World Cup held in China, must keep away from ending within the backside 5 of this 12 months’s match to compete for the ultimate 4 berths that shall be dangled within the OQT.
However the OQT shall be participated in additionally by squads from powerhouse continents that may fail to clinch outright berths to the Olympics through this World Cup, making that highway to Paris a bit trickier. The Dominican Republic breathed hope into the Philippines marketing campaign on Tuesday with a 75-67 victory over Angola fueled by a robust fourth quarter.
“[We’re] simply tremendous excited to get the dub. Tremendous excited to make the nation proud. I do know lots of people didn’t anticipate us to do that however we anticipated ourselves to do it so I’m very blissful that we get to shock the world and present the world what we’ve been engaged on,” stated NBA star Karl-Anthony Cities, who had eight factors and two rebounds.
And the Filipinos did profit from that chance opened by the Dominicans by leaping out to a 23-20 lead on the finish of the primary interval.
However Italy struck exhausting within the second quarter to take management of the match. The Europeans led by as many as 18 earlier than a late run fueled by Clarkson narrowed the hole.“I gave all I may out of respect for the nation,” Clarkson, a Utah Jazz star within the NBA, stated.
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