Gilas Pilipinas Advances to FIBA OQT Semis Despite Narrow Loss to Georgia


Gilas Pilipinas Advances to FIBA OQT Semis Despite Narrow Loss to Georgia

Gilas Georgia FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

Philippine basketball fans celebrated as Gilas Pilipinas secured a spot in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) semifinals, despite a thrilling 96-94 defeat against Georgia on July 4, 2024. This achievement keeps Gilas Georgia’s Olympic dreams alive and marks a historic moment for the national team.

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The game started rough for Gilas, with Georgia launching a blistering 16-0 run in the first quarter. The Filipinos struggled to find their rhythm, eventually getting on the scoreboard with just under five minutes remaining. Georgia maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second period, but Gilas refused to back down. Their relentless hustle chipped away at the deficit, and they closed the gap to a single point by halftime.

Brownlee vs Georgia

The turning point came in the third quarter. Fueled by an unyielding determination, Gilas unleashed a dominant offensive display, outscoring Georgia by a staggering 12 points. Justin Brownlee emerged as the hero for the Philippines, exploding for a game-high 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  Dwight Ramos (16 points), Chris Newsome (13 points), and CJ Perez (14 points) provided crucial support off the bench, especially after a rib injury forced Kai Sotto to leave the game.

Gilas carried their momentum into the final period, but Georgia clung to the lead. The intensity on the court was palpable as both teams battled for every possession. Ultimately, a late surge by Georgia propelled them to a narrow two-point victory.

However, despite the loss, Gilas Pilipinas emerged triumphant.  Because they needed to avoid a defeat by more than 36 points to advance, their fighting spirit secured their place in the OQT semifinals. Coach Tim Cone perfectly captured the team’s sentiment in his post-game interview: “We’ve already bought our tickets to leave tomorrow… I guess we’re going to have to move them back a little bit. This is the first time I’ve felt good about losing.”


Gilas Pilipinas’ game against Georgia was a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite a shaky start and a heartbreaking loss on the scoreboard, their unwavering determination secured a crucial victory – a berth in the FIBA OQT semifinals. This achievement keeps their Olympic dreams alive, and the entire nation is buzzing with anticipation for their next challenge. With Brownlee leading the charge and a deep bench ready to contribute, Gilas Pilipinas has proven their grit and their hunger for glory. The road to Paris won’t be easy, but Filipino basketball fans around the world will be cheering them on every step of the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Did Gilas Pilipinas win against Georgia?

No, Gilas Pilipinas lost the game with a score of 96-94.

Did Gilas Pilipinas advance to the OQT semifinals?

Yes, despite the loss, Gilas secured a spot in the OQT semifinals due to the point difference being within the qualifying limit.

Who was the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas?

Justin Brownlee led the team with 28 points.

What is the next step for Gilas Pilipinas?

They will be waiting to see their opponent for the OQT semifinals scheduled for July 6.

Where can I find more information about Gilas Pilipinas and the OQT?

Stay tuned to BasketballHubPH for the latest news and updates on Gilas Pilipinas’ journey towards the Olympics!

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