The Philippines’ return on the world stage didn’t turn out well as Italy manhandled Gilas Pilipinas, 108-62, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Saturday at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena.

Gilas was taken aback by the Italians’ strong start and never recovered from an 8-37 deficit at the end of the opening quarter, as the 13th-ranked team in the world continued its rampage, leading by as much as 53 points, 105-52, in the final two minutes of the lopsided match.

With Italy punishing the Filipinos on the defensive end as well, Gilas committed 23 turnovers and failed to execute its game plan of hitting from the trifecta, making just three out of 23 three-point attempts compared to 15-of-31 for the Azzurri.

Gigi Datome and Amedeo Della Valle led Italy’s well-distributed offense with 17 points apiece, while Danilo Gallinari was scorching from three-point region with 4-of-5 clip before ending the night with 16 markers.

On the other hand, Andray Blatche and CJ Perez paced the Nationals with 15 points each, with the former adding 10 boards against nine turnovers, and the rookie gathering three assists, two boards, and one steal across his name.

The Philippines will next face no. 3 Serbia (1-0) on Monday, September 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The scores:

ITALY 108 – Datome 17, Dela Valle 17, Gallinari 16, Belinelli 9, Tessitori 9, Biligha 8, Brooks 8, Filloy 7, Hackett 7, Gentile 6, Abbas 2, Vitali 2.

PHILIPPINES 62 – Blatche 15, Perez 15, Fajardo 9, Bolick 6, Ravena 5, Aguilar 2, Almazan 2, Barroca 2, Pogoy 2, Rosario 2, Lee 2, Norwood 0.

Quarter scores: 37-8, 62-24, 85-39, 108-62.


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