Gilas Pilipinas vs Croatia Results: Philippines loses FIBA World Cup 2014 opening game

Gilas Pilipinas lost against Croatia in the 2014 FIBA World Cup opening game held August 30, 2014 in Seville, Spain. Final Scores: 81-78 at overtime.

Croatia and the Philippines are under Group B. (In other venues, games also held simultaneously as that of Croatia vs Gilas were Ukraine vs Dominican Republic from Group C and Angola vs South Korea from Group D.) {View: FIBA World Cup 2014 Schedule of Games & Results - Group Phase]

As aired live via TV5, Solar Sports and Basketball TV, Gilas Pilipinas were way behind in the 1st quarter, scored only 9 points as against Croatia's 23 points, but they recovered in the 2nd quarter to score 22 points, while the Croatians made 14 points.

As of halftime, scores were: 37-31, Croatia leading by 6.

After the 3rd, Croatia's lead went up to 8. 57-49

The Filipinos outscored the Croatians during the last quarter (22 vs 14) and both teams finished the period tied at 71, to push a 5-minute overtime.

But it's still Croatia who won vs the Philippines. 81-78.

Top performers for Croatia were Dario Saric (10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block), Ante Tomic (8 pts, 11 rebs, 4 assts, 1 stl), Bojan Bogdanovic (26 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls and 1 asst) and Kunoslav Simon (12 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assts, 1 stl).

But it was Andray Blatche from Team Philippines who recorded the highest points and rebounds in this game: 28 points, 12 rebounds.

Gilas Pilipinas' Andray Blatche made a double-double: 28 points, 12 rebounds (FIBA Photo)

CRO VS PHI QUARTER SCORES: 23-9, 37-31, 57-49, 71-71, 81-78 OT

Bojan Bogdanovic - 26 pts
Kunoslav Simon - 12 pts
Dario Saric - 10 pts
Ante Tomic - 8 pts
Roko Ukic - 5 pts
Damir Markota - 5 pts
Oliver Lafayette - 4 pts
Damjan Rudez - 4 pts
Luka Zoric - 4 pts
Luka Babic - 3 pts

Andray Blatche - 28 pts
Jeff Chan - 17 pts
Marc Pingris - 10 pts
Jayson Castro William - 6 pts
Ranidel De Ocampo - 5 pts
Jimmy Alapag - 4 pts
LA Tenorio - 2 pts
Gabe Norwood - 2 pts
June Mar Fajardo - 2 pts
Paul Dalistan Lee - 2 pts

Next games for Gilas Pilipinas will be vs Greece on September 1 at 2AM. -
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