Eh kung ganyan lang ng ganyan eh...
A collective sigh of relief was heard inside the FHM HQ during the last two minutes of the first game of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship for today, wherein our very own Gilas Pilipinas was really taking it to a hapless Hong Kong side
And when the final buzzer sounded, it was 101-50 in favor of our national team, which scored its first win of the tournament in supremely dominating fashion.
There are many factors that contributed to this imposing Gilas triumph, and we, being the curious fans that we are, decided to look at these at a more statistical standpoint.
We've selected the five most important numbers that represented Gilas' almost flawless victory this morning that, at least for the moment, made us forget a bit that shocker of a loss from yesterday.
14 (Number of three-pointers made by Gilas)
The primary reason why you're looking at a painfully lopsided final score is because the team was able to get off to a blazing start from rainbow country and sustain it throughout the game. When Jayson William (5 out of 6 from three-point land) and Dondon Hontiveros (4 out of 6) are shooting like that, you're sure the opposing team is going to be in a whole lot of trouble.
Extra stat: 41.2-percent from downtown
26.3 (Hong Kong's shooting percentage)
It's true that Gilas was able to hold Palestine to a 32.5-percent shooting clip yesterday; too bad our boys only managed 33.8-percent. Against Hong Kong though, the team combined excellent defense with good offense, shooting at a much better 46.1-percent from the floor while also suffocating the opposition (Gilas forced eight steals and had six blocks). It also didn't help that Hong Kong missed a lot of gimmes at point-blank range.
Extra stat: 50-percent from two-point land for Gilas
16 (Gilas' total assist count)
Doubling the team's previous assist total and being able to rotate the ball and find the open man is a good indication that Andray Blatche and co. are jelling well with each other on the court. Six Gilas players had at least two dimes versus Hong Kong.
Extra stat: 10 turnovers (five less against Palestine)
17:44 (Andray Blatche's playing time)
Dray had 10 more playing minutes in their game against Palestine than he did against Hong Kong. Coach Tab Baldwin was able to manage the minutes of his still recovering naturalized center, which will prove vital in the upcoming games.
Extra stat: Ranidel de Ocampo played the most minutes with almost 23
51 (Gilas' lead when it was all said and done)
Gilas might not have another 51-point win in the tournament, but this is no doubt a morale booster for a national team that opened its FIBA Asia campaign with a heartbreaker. Still, the key is not to be overconfident and come out with the same intensity as today versus Kuwait tomorrow.
Extra stat: Five Gilas players were in double figures, led by William's 21