Boomers depth too much for plucky Philippines
In front of one of the loudest basketball crowds in Melbourne in recent memory, Australia’s depth ultimately proved too much for the Philippines as their registered a 84-68 victory to secure top place in Group B of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
While the Philippines were able to stick with Australia for the first half, Australia’s depth and rotations wore down their opponents to take the ascendancy in the third period. Cameron Gliddon was the leading scorer for the game with 16 points, making 4-6 from beyond the arc to assert a positive influence on the game.
“I just wanted to be aggressive and take the right shots within the system,” Gliddon said. in the post-game press conference. “I was happy they went down.”
One could have been forgiven for thinking one was in Manila, with the visitors drawing a near capacity crowd and certainly the clear advantage when it came to the crowd support, with every play and whistle drawing cheers or jeers.