Turkey welcomed the Gilas Pilipinas with a 103-68 blown out tuneup game at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.
Naturalized bigman Andray blatche led the Philippines with 21 points, while Jayson Castro, exploded in 3rd quarter, had 15.
Turkey established an 11-point lead in first ten minutes, 30-19. Former NBA player Semih Erden, and 2015 NBA Draft pick Cedi Osman went on-fire by hitting their shots from well-executed plays.
The host team sat on a 57-32 cushion at the first half, then continued their scoring barrage in third canto.
This was the first game of the Philippines in Europe, after a week of conditioning in Greece. They will also join a four-nation pocket tournament in Italy. Philippines and Turkey will meet again on July 1st at Mall of Asia Arena, before the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will tip off on July 5th.
Coach Tab seemed to test different rotations of players in Gilas-Turkey game, and to give the experience of playing with tall European players to Philippines’ 14-man roster.
Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. showed the Filipino fans that he is fighting for a slot in the final line up of the national team.
Too many offensive rebounds were given to the Turkish, which gave them numerous field goal attempts. Gilas also struggled in defending the tall shooters of Turkey.
On offense, the players tend to be stagnant if Andray Blatche was holding the ball. Later on when Gilas shooters got the open space needed, Blatche was not passing the ball and chose to shoot contested jump shots.