June 22, 2024

By the numbers: What happened in Gilas’ loss to Montenegro

By the numbers: What happened in Gilas’ loss to Montenegro

There’s no runaway win this time for Gilas Pilipinas as Montenegro gave the Philippine team a 102-87 beating in the closed-door tune-up game on Sunday.

Here’s what happened, by the numbers.


As expected, Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson lit it up, dropping 27 points on 2-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc to go with 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

As explosive as he was, though, he made up almost half of the team’s 19 turnovers with 8 of his own.

19 and 13 

Behind Clarkson, two more Gilas cagers scored in double figures. Six-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo scored 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and in just over 16 minutes of play. Dwight Ramos notched 13. 


Another NBA player delivered, this time for Montenegro, as Nikola Vucevic was a rebound shy of a double-double outing with team-high 18 points. The game was meant to prime Gilas up for Karl-Anthony Towns of Dominican Republic in the opener. Safe to say, Towns would still get his numbers so the Philippines may have to devise a few game plan to shut down the rest of the Dominicans.


That’s the number of assists Gilas logged in Sunday’s game, 7 better than their output in that department against Ivory Coast. While Gilas lost, one can say that chemistry is improving by the day, right?


Kai Sotto, Kiefer Ravena, Cjay Perez, RR Pogoy, and Calvin Oftana wound up scoreless.

To be fair, they had limited minutes, with Oftana logging in 4:36 (0-of-0 from the field), Ravena with 8:32 (0-of-3 shooting), and Perez with 8:27 (0-of-1 field goals).