2007-07-21 RP Loses To Japan, 85-87

‘The Japanese National Team’
* One thing about this Japanese team, is their flexibility on defense. They don’t stay with a particular type of defense very long, they are able to adjust quickly within a quarter from zone, to man to man, to zone again. Very flexible. And unpredictable.

* I am impressed with Japan’s big man, Koseki Takeuchi. Not very athletic, but with a lot of skill and coordination. Has a good outside shot, good spin move, a good rebounder. Not flashy like Aguilar, but effective nonetheless. Even more so, scoring twelve points at the half, and another twelve in the second half bringing his total point production to twenty four. All of RP’s big men had problems guarding him. Kerby got a couple of fouls in the second quarter off him, and Aguilar gave him two quick successive fouls in the third quarter.

‘The Philippine National Team’
* One main thing to worry about this game, is that it seems we have problems scoring against the zone defense. Whenever Japan gets into trouble, they just go into the zone, and we end up having problems scoring against it since we are forced to take shots from the outside.

* This happened twice in the game: When we went into a nineteen point lead in the first quarter, and then when we went into a twelve point lead in the third quarter. Both times Japan switched from man to man to zone, and our lead vanished.

* Miller had a very bad first half. He took quite a lot of shots in the first half, but missed most of it. His percentages off the floor was simply horrendous in that first half. He also committed a number of turnovers in that period. He did have a good run in the second half, but overall I think his percentages from the floor was not very good.

* So Miller had an off night. But so did almost everybody else. Kerby was off, and so was James Yap. Overall, it just didn’t seem to me like the team shot well from the floor, especially from the three-point area. This will likely be our main worry during the FIBA-Asia tournament, our three-point shooting. It seems to be on on one game, off the next. We need to find better ways to beat the zone than just rely on shooting from the three-point range.

* Aguilar scored seventeen points in the game. The bad news is that none of his seven field goals made were from him creating his own shots. They were either pull up jumpers, from hand offs, putbacks, or fastbreak plays. He just doesn’t seem to have any decent post up moves. The good news, though, is that about five of his seven made field goals were dunks. If only dunks scored three points instead of two …..

* Japeth no doubt is very impressive looking with those dunks. About the only other player I think who can dunk as many times as he can in actual games, was a young Benjie Paras. If only Japeth can learn to create his own shots, he’d be a monster. Then again, that had been his weakness at ADMU a couple of years ago, and that is still his weakness up to now.

* We just committed too many turnovers in the game. At the half, we already had sixteen turnovers. I counted at least six more in the second half, bringing our total to probably between twenty four to thirty. That is just too high for any game.

* Sonny Thoss played well initially in the first half, scoring well and creating his own shots, and making most of them. However, he seemed to have disappeared in the second half. Raymundo was off, getting into foul trouble and missing most of his shots.

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