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2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Preview: Philippines vs Russia

Kai Sotto and the remainder of Gilas Youth need to crush Russia by at any rate 25 points to complete among the main two in their gathering at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece (Photo graciousness of 

With two misfortunes in their slate and multi day's rest, our Gilas Youth U19 national group will dive once again vigorously later today around evening time against Russia on the last day of the gathering stage at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece. 

In spite of their two misfortunes, the Filipinos in reality still have a shot at completing among the main two groups in the gathering, however that involves beating Russia by at any rate 25. 

Presently given that beating Russia alone is as of now a significant difficult task, doing as such by 25 years may simply be requesting an excessive amount of as of now. 

In any case, given how our young men have played, I wouldn't put it past them to spring an astonishment or two. 

Against Russia, head mentor Sandy Arespacochaga's wards will be facing one of the tallest groups in the whole competition. Furthermore, however the Russians don't have anybody as tall as Kai Sotto (their tallest is once in a while utilized Vladislav Goldin at 6'11"), they have huge wingmen who are certain to give our edge folks hellfire for 40 minutes. 

Driving the way is superstar scorer Aleksandr Ershov, who at 6'6" will be a coordinate bad dream around the circular segment against our very own watchmen. Ershov is the fourth best scorer so far in the competition, averaging 19.0 focuses per game while shooting 54% from the field and sinking 2.0 triples per challenge. 

Another person to watch is 6'7" monitor forward NIkita Mikhailovskii, who turned a great deal of heads on Day 2 by enlisting a triple-twofold with 20, 13 bounce back, and 12 helps. It was the main triple-twofold in the U19 World Cup since 2013, when current NBA player Dario Saric recorded 32, 12 sheets, and 12 dimes against South Korea. 

Mikhailovskii was one of the All-Star Five players in a year ago's 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship, and his coordinate with Dave Ildefonso ought to be a standout amongst the most tempting for this experience. 

Down around the bin, a great part of the harm will most likely originate from 6'8" Dmitrii Kadoshnikov, who had 13 and14 bounce back against Argentina on Day 1, and 6'7 Anton Kvitkovskikh, who is averaging 13.0 focuses and 6.5 bounce back after two recreations. 

To have a shot against Russia, Gilas Youth's border protection should be sealed shut. The Russians love to swing the ball side to side to move the contradicting protection, and mentor Sandy's scrambling barrier must be on-point to fix their adversaries' perilous killing. Russia is fourth best as far as three-point shooting up until now, making 34.0% of their endeavors from past the circular segment, including hitting 9.0 treys per excursion, so our group needs to key on that to get an opportunity at winning. 

On the opposite end, the Philippines must restrain its turnovers. We normal in excess of 18 turnovers for each game, which is simply a lot at this level. Our most turnover-inclined folks have been Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Dave Ildefonso, joining for 11.0 turnovers per game, so on the off chance that those three can care more for the ball, at that point chances are we can keep in venture with Russia and maybe be in an incredible position to take this game over the most recent couple of minutes.

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