Angola registered their first win of the tournament in the last game of Group D against Phillippines of FIBA World Cup 2019. This year games in FIBA have been more of thrillers as we witnessed last game of USA was also a thriller. Just like the previous game this match was also not short of a roller coaster.
Angola defeated the Philippines by smallest of margins i.e 84-81 in the last moments of the match. Angola won the game in the extra time of five minutes till which the game was extended.
With this win, Angola has also qualified for the second round of the tournament and it resulted in set back for the Philippines as they lost their third straight game in this tournament. It meant the Philippines Basketball team will not be part of FIBA tournament any more and Angola would be going to Beijing for their second-round games.
As many as six players of Angola Basketball team touched two figures mark and Valdelicio was the highest scorer among the team with 20 points in the match. While Andray Blatche took his form forward in another game and yet another brilliant performance was delivered by him.
If there was to be a turning point then it would be definitely when the head coach of Angola Basketball team broke the momentum of the game and after that three-pointer was scored by Angola which made scoreline 78-76. From that point, the Philippines never came back in the game.
Angola being favourites to win the game but they had to sweat it out to win the game as Phillippines showed immense improvement in their gameplay and never left their spirit go down. At one point of time, they were behind by 12 points but they came back harder in the game and Angola’s Basketball team had to toil hard to register this win and advance in next round.