The game was a complete massacre, with Lithuania leading all throughout the game, and kept extending it thru the quarters. From just a 5 point lead in the 1st quarter, 18-15, they padded their lead to 17 points at the half, 38-21. Then proceeded to extend it to 31 points in the third quarter, 60-29, before settling for a 25 point lead at the final buzzer, 79-54.
‘Lithuanian National Team’
Its amazing to see these Lithuanians play. Not only are they taller, but they are also heftier than our players. And despite being generally bigger, they are still as quick, fast and coordinated than our players. Our speedsters like Tolentino and Terso couldn’t outrun them on the court.
I didn’t even bother noting down the individual performances since they were just overwhelmingly better. Even if we learn to play against these guys, their size and athletic advantage is just too much to overcome at this point.
‘RP National Team’
We couldn’t score consistently inside because of the Lithuanian’s advantage in size and athleticism, they were blocking our inside shots left and right. Our outside shooting also was not working in this game, a bad time for it to be off. As a result, we only scored EIGHT POINTS both in the second and third quarters, a miserable scoring record.
Matthew Wright was a big disappointment in this game. He obviously had the green light to shoot from outside, and he took a ton of outside shots, and missed all of them. The only positive thing about his game, was he made a couple of acrobatic, Skyrus-Bagiuo-like layups. He obviously has great hops, with his hand reaching the top of the rim on one fancy layup. As a shooter, though, he is likely to be just a streak shooter at best, sometimes having a good shooting game, most of the time not.
Norbert Torres played a good game against Lithuania. He scored some points, and grabbed some rebounds, even blocking the 7-foot no. 15’s shot (though Norbert did get blocked also a couple of times). His performance is not overwhelming, but considering that he was going up against taller quality players, he did a good job. I can’t wait to see this guy in the UAAP.
Ian Sanggalang was probably the worst player in this game. He is reed-thin, not athletic, and had a terrible case of butterfingers. I counted no less than 6 turnovers attributed to him alone. He is very tall, at least 6’6″, and showed good post moves in the fourth quarter, so I hope it was just a case of opening day jitters for him. If not, then I don’t think he deserves to be in the team. I think Franz should’ve used more Philip Paredes as Norbert’s backup than Ian.