Argentina vs. Philippines FIBA World Cup: Grades for Argentina & Gilas Pilipinas

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

Argentina's Andres Nocioni shoots during the Group B Basketball World Cup match between Argentina and Croatia in Seville, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
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In a fast-paced game that came down to the wire, Argentina (2-1) defeated the Philippines (0-3) by a final score of 85-81 on Day 3 of FIBA World Cup.

Gilas Pilipinas came out of the gate hot, winning the first quarter 25-22 and knocking Andray Blatche out of the game with foul trouble.

Argentina seemed to gain control of the game in the second and third quarters before having to hold off a late surge in the fourth.

Luis Scola led Argentina with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Marcos Mata pitched in 17 points while shooting 5-of-7 from three-point range.

Gilas Pilipinas was led by Ranidel De Ocampo's 18 points.


Argentina Grades

Luis Scola: A
Andres Nocioni: C-
Pablo Prigioni: C
Walter Herrmann: B-
Rest of Team: B


Gilas Pilipinas Grades

Andray Blatche: A
Ranidel De Ocampo: A
Jason William Castro: C+
Jim Alapag: A
Rest of Team: B


Argentina Player Analysis

Luis Scola: A

Scola had to leave the game early with a bit of foul trouble, but he responded with his typically crafty inside game after returning to action.

He scored with a variety of hooks and scoops off post-ups and cuts and even extended his game out to three-point range in the second half, going 1-of-2 from deep.

He's one of the most skilled offensive players in the tournament, and the Filipino defenders had no answer for him.


Andres Nocioni: C-

Andres Nocioni didn't have huge numbers in the box score, but his play against the Philippines' best player, Andray Blatche, made an impact.

Nocioni's physical defense clearly rattled Blatche, who found himself complaining to the refs after just about every possession in which the two were matched up.

He also knocked down three huge free throws in the final minute despite being in the middle of an otherwise terrible shooting performance.

So he may have finished the game with just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting, but he still contributed to the win.


Pablo Prigioni: C

While Pablo Prigioni has a reputation for being a pass-first player, it seems he's actually a pass-always point guard in the NBA. So it was a bit surprising to see him put up nine shots.

He only made two shots, but both were threes. He finished with eight points and also pitched in three assists and three steals while playing his typically solid floor-general game. 


Walter Herrmann: B-

With Scola in foul trouble and the opposition on fire, Walter Herrmann was the Argentinian player who stepped up early.

Everything was going the Philippines' way in the first quarter, but a timely three and a nice fadeaway on the baseline from Herrmann kept Argentina just close enough. By the time Scola checked back in, they were able to make a run.

Herrmann finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go with five rebounds.


Rest of Team: B

The names above are the ones known by NBA fans, but Argentina's best player was Marcos Mata, who scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-10 from the field.

Facundo Campazzo played a solid floor game as a second guard with Prigioni, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists.

And Nicolas Laprovittola was one of four Argentinians in double figures, with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.


Gilas Pilipinas Player Analysis

Andray Blatche: A

Even after sitting the majority of the first half with foul trouble, Blatche was a dominant force inside as the Philippines' only real big man.

He finished the game with 15 rebounds and 14 points, which was a relatively tame line considering he entered the game averaging 24.5 points for the tournament.

Who knows what would've happened had Blatche been in the game when Argentina made its second-quarter run to take the lead?


Ranidel De Ocampo: A

With Blatche on the bench, Ranidel De Ocampo provided much of the offense that kept the Philippines right with Argentina.

His unconventional, one-armed three-point shot found its mark on four of eight attempts on the way to his team-high point total.


Jason William Castro: C+

Jason William Castro looked ready to lead a charge in the first quarter after hitting back-to-back threes to electrify the crowd in Seville, Spain.

Unfortunately, he did little else for the rest of the game. He wound up making just two more shots the rest of the game and finished 4-of-11 from the field for 11 points.


Jim Alapag: A

The fourth-quarter comeback that almost ended in victory for Gilas Pilipinas was spearheaded by Jim Alapag, who nailed five of seven threes off the bench.

He was hitting from deep and off the dribble, lighting up the scoreboard and inspiring the crowd and his teammates. In the end, it just wasn't enough. 


Rest of Team: B

No other players did much in terms of numbers for the Philippines, but Gabe Norwood made his presence felt with two huge dunks over Argentine defenders.

He finished the game with six points on 3-of-4 shooting.


Coming up Next

In another Group B clash, Argentina will now take on Greece Thursday. The Philippines will get another shot at their first win Wednesday against Puerto Rico.