Even with 2 wins, Gilas not sure to make next round

Posted at 09/03/14 7:34 PM

Argentina's guard Facundo Campazzo vies with Philippines' forward Japeth Aguilar during their 2014 FIBA World basketball championships Group B match at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou, Agence France-Presse

SEVILLE, Spain -- The Philippine national team will have to win its remaining assignments in the preliminaries of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball to boost its chances of reaching the next round.

Gilas, which remained winless after three games, will play Puerto Rico on Wednesday and will wrap up its Group B assignment by facing Senegal on Thursday.

But veteran sports analyst Joaquin Henson warned that winning two games might not be enough.

"We need to two wins to be able to make it to the round of 16. But at the same time, if you look at the experience of the last world championship, some teams had two wins [but those are] not enough to make it to the next round," Henson said in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.

He explained that this happens when teams in the group stage get locked with their competitors due to similar win-loss records.

Based on the tournament rules, a team gets 2 points for each win, while the losing team gets 1.

Greece, with three wins, currently leads Group B with a total of 6 points, while Argentina, Croatia and Senegal, with two wins each, are locked in a triple tie with 5 points each. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, who have yet to win a game, each has 3 points.

Henson said the quotient system will come into play in case of a tie among teams. The system, according to the analyst, will serve as the tie breaker by comparing the margin of victories among those caught in the logjam.

"In one situation there were three teams that were tied with two wins, so the quotient system came into play and two teams that had two wins didn't make it to the next round," he said.

Henson added that there was also a case wherein a team with just one win made it to the next round.

"There was another group where there was a triple tie for the fourth slot and these three teams had only one win each, and one of them made it to the next round," he said.

"So it depends on the margin of victory it depends on how the other teams do," said Henson.

"Two wins should be able to get you across but it's not a certainty. Sometimes even one win can make you go to the next round depending on the margin of victory."