No ticket to Paris for Gilas; Brazil Advances to Finals

RIGA (Latvia) – Brazil overcame the Philippines 71-60 in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 Semi-Finals on Saturday night, July 6 (PST). After a slow start, Brazil dominated the second half, ending the Philippines’ fairytale run.

Brazil now awaits their opponent for Sunday’s final, either Latvia or Cameroon. Trailing by 12 points in the second quarter, Didi Louzada’s drive previewed Brazil’s 13-0 third-quarter run, breaking Gilas’ resistance and securing the win. TCL Player of the Game: Bruno Caboclo scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 3 blocks, marking his first double-double. The Philippines, usually strong from beyond the arc, were limited to 39% (7 of 18). Brazil’s bench outscored the Philippines’ bench 21-11. Brazil’s strong second-half performance was crucial. The Philippines struggled offensively, especially without Kai Sotto’s presence. “Our team keeps fighting and never gives up. We hope to start better in the next game,” said Brazil’s captain, Marcelinho Huertas.” –Fiba Photos

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