Many 21-year-olds are figuring out how to pass one of their final college courses, working to escape their parents' basement or starting to make a living while striking out on their own.
Not Anthony Davis.
Even though the New Orleans Pelicans big man only recently became able to enjoy the full extent of Bourbon Street—and, let's be honest, the rest of NOLA's nightlife scene—he's already an NBA All-Star now functioning as the backbone of Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The Philippine national youth basketball team mounted an epic fourth quarter comeback to hand host Qatar a heartbreaking 82-79 defeat in the second round of the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Doha.
Batang Gilas came back from a whopping 15-point deficit in the final period behind booming three-pointers and some excellent play in the clutch to overcome Qatar and open their second round with a bang.
Dave Yu led the way with 16 points, including three consecutive triples in the fourth that kicked off the Philippine rally, while three other Filipinos – Radge Tongco, Kobe Paras and Paul Desiderio – contributed 13 points apiece.
The Iranian basketball team defeated Hong Kong 107–42 in the FIBA U18 Championships on Friday.
Iran’s Mohammad Yousofvand led the scoring with 18 points.
Iran started the campaign with a 132-43 victory over Kuwait and then defeated Kazakhstan 81-56.
DOHA, Qatar (23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship): Did Japan win the game? Or did Kazakhstan lose the game? The jury on this won’t surely return for a long time after the humdinger of a Second Round Group F contest the youngsters of the two teams played out in the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship on Friday.
Japan did win 81-80 in a result that made their chances of making it to the Quarter-Finals much stronger, but whether Kazakhstan deserved to lose was a question that was left hanging in the air. Balabiy Agabek did well to break away from the defense and trap Alexandr Danilchenko’s in-bound pass, but lacked the calmness to sink his half-alley-oop attempt.
Japan had begun the game well in control raking up as big a lead as by 13 points at one stage in the first half, but almost blew it away against the spirited fightback.
DOHA, Qatar (23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship): Bronze medallists of the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship at Sana’A (Yemen) in 2010 Chinese Taipei kept their winning run at the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship in tact with their fourth win in as many games with a 94-65 triumph against Kuwait in a Group F Second Round encounter on Friday.
Taipei produced a dominating display for about five minutes each on either side of the half-time break to race away to the seemingly lop-sided win and almost assured themselves of a place in the Quarter-Finals. Taipei have games against Kazakhstan and last edition’s bronze medallists Iran yet.
Kuwait who began the Second Round with no wins to their account, are yet to win a game here, and now need to win both their remaining games – incidentally both against East Asian teams in Japan and Hong Kong.
The Philippine national youth team faces a tough challenge in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship when it takes on host Qatar to open its second round campaign in Doha on Friday.
The Batang Gilas U-18 team needs to finish in the top four of Group E to qualify for the knockout rounds.
The Philippines currently sports a 1-1 record after an opening win over Jordan on Wednesday and a defeat to South Korea on Thursday.
The Philippine national men’s basketball team dropped another tough contest to world-class competition, falling to African powerhouse Angola, 83-74, in a tune-up game on Thursday in San Sebastian, Spain.
Gilas Pilipinas posed a real threat to Angola, champions of seven of the last eight FIBA Africa Championships and ranked 15th in the world, trailing by as little as five points early in the fourth before falling behind near the end.
Naturalized NBA play Andray Blatche had a phenomenal performance, scoring 33 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in almost 31 minutes of play but no other Filipino player finished in double figures.