MANILA, Philippines – Even as he was soundly booed by over 11,000 Filipino fans every time he touched the basketball, Quincy Davis III of Chinese Taipei does not think home court advantage played a major role in their loss to SMART Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night.
Davis tried his best to lift Chinese Taipei to an upset win, scoring early and often to help his squad zoom to an early 17-3 advantage. However, the Philippines’ second unit, bolstered by an increasingly boisterous crowd, trimmed that deficit to five at the end of the first quarter.
The Philippines and Chinese Taipei then engaged in toe-to-toe basketball for the next two frames, before Gilas finally pulled away in the final quarter for a 90-83 win.
“Good thing we’re at home,” said Kiefer Ravena, a part of the second unit that infused life into the Philippines. “We fed off the energy from the crowd. It was great help, especially since pagod na lahat.”
For Davis, however, the boos of the Filipino crowd had little effect on them.
“I don’t really think it was a big home court advantage issue,” he said after the game, where he scored 20 points and grabbed nine boards.
More than the home crowd, Chinese Taipei’s problems stemmed from their inability to hold on to the lead when Davis went to the bench with fouls. They also struggled to contain the Gilas guards, with Jayson Castro and Ravena breaking down their perimeter defense.
“I just don’t think that we really did our job in the first quarter,” Davis explained. “I was a little bit tired in the first half, but after I came out, I was looking for people to step up. We just gotta hold it down.”
“I mean, we didn’t get blown out, but I don’t think home court had a big play in it,” he added.
Davis also stressed that the Filipinos “played their heart out.”
“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” he pointed out. “I got in foul trouble early, and [we] just [made] major mistakes that really hurt us.”
With Monday’s loss to the Philippines, Chinese Taipei finished the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers with a 0-2 record. They bowed to Australia, 104-66, on their home floor last week.
Despite this, Davis was quite upbeat, especially as they remained very competitive against the Philippines.
“I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close,” he said. “We gave up some late three-point shots, but overall, we just gotta let this be a learning lesson for us.”
“Hopefully, we’ll prepare to get ’em back when they come to Taipei,” Davis added.
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