FOSHAN, China -- Gilas Pilipinas ended the group stage with another loss, this time a painful overtime decision to Angola, 84-81, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the GBA International Sports and Cultural Center on Wednesday.
Gilas scored the first points in overtime but Angola had enough gas in the tank to instantly wipe out that small deficit and take control in overtime to seal its first win of the tournament. Kiefer Ravena had a chance to send the game into a second overtime but his triple with two seconds left was off.
For the third game in a row, Gilas' inability to knock down outside shots doomed them.
"We're still disappointed but, at the same time, it's a good feeling that we gave ourselves a chance to win in the endgame. It's still kind of frustrating because we're still not able to make our three-point shots. If we had made one or two more, it would have made the difference," Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said after the game.
"I felt we had a really good chance to win especially in the fourth. We couldn't find our 3-point shot but we still found ways to score. We had a plus-11 in second chance points against a big team, that's a nice stat for us. And fast break points we had a plus-11 also. These were the ways we made up for our again another bad night with our 3-point shots. And that's the been the story for us the last three games."
The Philippines was aggressive to start the game behind Mark Barroca and Andray Blatche, who dropped 11 points in the first period. It was a tight affair, as expected, as Angola only took a four-point lead, 38-34, at halftime. But things changed in the second half.
After only committing three errors in the first 20 minutes, Gilas made turnover after turnover as Angola went on to take a 10-point lead at the midway mark of the third period, 46-36. Gilas pulled closer, getting a spark from CJ Perez, who scored seven straight points -- including two 3-point plays. But the Philippines' turnover woes continued and, similar to its previous games, struggled to convert anything from outside.
Angola held another double-digit lead heading into the fourth, but Gilas just wouldn't quit. Gilas disrupted Angola's offense and forced them to turnovers and took control of the game by finally hitting their 3-pointers. Perez had a chance to win the game for Gilas with five seconds left, with the score tied 73-all, but he missed on a three-point heave, sending the game into overtime.
Blatche had a big game for Gilas with 23 points and 11 boards, while Perez had 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Angola (84) - Joaquim 20, Moreira 12, Moore 12, Morais 11, Conceicao 10, Paulo 6, Domingos 5, Goncalves 5, Antonio 3, Mbunga 0.
Gilas Pilipinas (81) - Blatche 23, Perez 17, Bolick 10, Pogoy 8, Aguilar 8, Ravena 6, Barroca 4, Lee 3, Fajardo 2, Rosario 0, Almazan 0, Norwood 0.
Quarterscores: 21-20, 38-34, 56-46, 73-73, 84-81
-- Paul Lee got hit in the jaw in the first half and never returned to the game. Guiao said Lee was feeling some kind of pain.
-- Angola coach Will Voigt used to consult for the Phoenix Fuel Masters when Ariel Vanguardia was still the head coach.