In Group D, New Zealand defeated the Philippines to place second, while Lebanon defeated India to take first place. As they wait for their Quarter-Finals meeting, Lebanon easily handled India in their final Group Phase game, winning 104-63.
Wael Arakji was given a break by the Cedars, which gave younger players like Yousef Khayat (15 points) and Karim Zeinoun (10 points) a chance to shine. In the thrashing victory, Lebanon shot 59.1 percent from the field and 52.1 percent from beyond the arc. they had a total of six players with double-digit scoring. Amritpal Singh and Muin Bek Hafeez combined for 21 points to lead India’s losing effort as veterans.
Lebanon scored at their torrid rates of 59.1 percent from the field and 52.1 percent from beyond the arc. Yes, this was already mentioned, but it was so excellent that it bears repeating.
Important Victory for the Tall Blackcaps over the Gilas
While the outcomes of the first game had little bearing on the subsequent rounds of the Asia Cup 2022, New Zealand’s 92-75 victory over the Philippines did. As it prepared the field for the qualification to the quarterfinals.
The Philippines had kept the score close in the first half, but they were unable to withstand the Tall Blacks’ aggression. Late in the game, Gilas made another attempt, but New Zealand’s lead had grown to be insurmountable. For the Tall Blacks, Flynn Cameron had a fantastic game. He scored 18 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and dishing out 3 assists. Adding 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists were Taine Murray.
Along with youths Carl Tamayo (14 points) and Kevin Quiambao (10 points), the Philippines’ veterans Kiefer Ravena (17 points) and Ray Parks (10 points) spearheaded the attack (14 points). With the victory, New Zealand secured second place in Group D, while the Philippines had to settle for third.
New Zealand outrebounded the Philippines 61-28, crushing them on the boards. Later, Kiefer Ravena would comment that it was noteworthy that the Philippines only committed one turnover in the entire 40 minutes of the game. It was despite the fact that they were outrebounded by more rebounds than they actually received.
Stars of the Matches
Jonathan Arledge had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks while playing for Lebanon. Arledge’s performance was good enough to maintain the advantage at a wide enough margin. Their performance together with that of the rest of the squad made sure that Lebanon wouldn’t feel under any obligation to use Wael Arakji.
In their victory over the Philippines, Flynn Cameron, a Tall Black, may have given his best performance to date. In just 16 minutes of action, the 22-year-old scored 18 points, a personal best, on 6-8 shooting. He also grabbed 4 rebounds and 3 assists.