FIBA World Cup 2014: Andray Blatche makes his 3rd double double

Gilas Pilipinas vs Argentina is happening live right now in Day 3 of the FIBA World Cup 2014 in Sevilla, Spain. You can catch this basketball action via live streaming online or thru TV airing (TV5, Solar Sports, BTV) Scores : Argentina 85-81 Philippines FINAL

At end of the 1st Quarter, the Philippines was leading by 3, 22-25. In this quarter, biggest lead by Gilas went up to 10.

(It's the first time that the Philippines is taking the lead in the 1st Quarter since they started their FIBA World Cup 2014 journey. Previously, in their games against Croatia and Greece, the Gilas were way behind in the 1st Quarter. Will Gilas finally be getting a win this time? If not, advancing to the Round of 16 would be far from happening.)

And the lead went back to 10 during the 2nd Quarter after Ranidel de Ocampo made a 3-point shot at 7:16 of this quarter.

However, Argentina managed to overcome the deficit and started to lead at 1:17 of the 2nd Quarter. 38-36. And they even finished the 1st Half with a 5-point lead. 48-53.

At halftime, it's Ranidel De Ocampo who's scored the most for Gilas, 10 pts, while Andray Blatche only has 6 pts.

The Argentine team not slowing down in the 3rd Quarter. They recorded their biggest lead of FIFTEEN (15) with 1:30 minutes left. 68-53.

3rd Quarter over with Argentina still ahead. 71-61.

Our Jimmy Alapag drew the biggest cheers from Pinoys around the globe for making triple 3s in the 4th Quarter, partly to be thanked for the Gilas to come so close to Argentina in the scoring. With 2:09 minutes remaning, they're trailing behind just by 1 point, 82-81, after Alapag made his 3rd 3-point shot in the quarter.

But game ended still in favor of Argentina. 85-81. Sad. Philippines lost 3 games already, and remains in the bottom of Group B.

Top performers for Greece were Marcos Mata (17 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist) and Luis Scola (19 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assts, 1 stl) while it's Andray Blatche (14 pts, 15 rebs, 2 stls, 2 blks), Ranidel de Ocampo (18 pts, 5 rebs, 1 asst) and Jimmy Alapag (15 pts, 1 reb, 2 asst) for Gilas.

It's Blatche's 3rd straight double-double, and his rebounds of 15 is the team's highest so far. At this point, he's now the top rebounder in the whole tournament.

Still, it was quite a big achievement for Gilas. Imagine, they played against Argentina, the 3rd-ranked team? And the game turned out so tight?

And this could probably the biggest moment in the entire Philippine vs Argentina game: this fantastic slam dunk by Gilas' Gabe Norwood on Argentina's Luis Scola:

credit to @tjmanotoc

Watch how Gabe Norwood made the poster dunk, which could be the best in the whole FIBA World Cup 2014: (FIBA video)

Argentina - 1Q 22 pts, 2Q 21 pts, 3Q 28 pts, 4Q 14 pts
Philippines - 1Q 25 pts, 2Q 13 pts, 3Q 23 pts, 4Q 20 pts

Luis Scola - 19 pts
Marcos Mata - 17 pts
Nicolas Laprovittola - 10 pts
Walter Herrmann - 10 pts
Facundo Campazzo - 9 pts
Andres Nocioni - 9 pts
Pablo Prigioni - 8 pts
Leo Gutierrez - 3 pts

Ranidel De Ocampo - 18 pts
Jimmy Alapag - 15 pts
Andray Blatche - 14 pts
Jayson Castro William - 11 pts
June Mar Fajardo - 6 pts
Paul Dalistan Lee - 6 pts
Gabe Norwood - 6 pts
LA Tenorio - 3 pts
Japeth Aguilar - 2 pts

After this game, Argentina has improved to 2-1 in Group B team standings, while the Philippines is still winless at 0-3.

No game for Gilas today, Sep. 2. Next game is on Wednesday, Sep. 3, at 7:30 PM. Opponent: Puerto Rico. -
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