Gilas settles for a draw against Mindanao All-Stars
Paul Lintag on Apr 26, 2017 10:21 PM
Mark Barroca hit a booming triple in the final minute to spoil the debut of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 PBA All-Star Games.
Nope, Gilas Pilipinas will not have a clean sweep in the 2017 PBA All-Star Games.
Kicking off this year's festivities, the national team settled for a 114-114 draw against the Mindanao Selection Wednesday at the Xavier University Gym in Cagayan De oro City.
Star's Mark Barroca hit a booming triple with 49 seconds to go to tie things up for Mindanao. Both teams failed to connect from that point on as an All-Star game involving Gilas Pilipinas ended in a draw for the second time in the last four years.
Gilas settled for a 124-all tie against the PBA selection in 2013 only to come back and win in 2014.
The national team appeared to be on its way to win as reigning three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo found his touch in the clutch.
After Troy Rosario put Mindanao to within one, 109-110, with 2:24 to go, Gilas Pilipinas turned to Fajardo down low and the Kraken responded with two big buckets to put the national team up three, 114-111.
However, his effort was negated as Barroca also came through in the dying moments, denying Gilas what whould have been a confidence-boosting win ahead of its two other games later this week.
Rosario led Mindanao with a game-high 28 points off the bench and he shared MVP honors with Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright. PJ Simon added 14 points while Barroca was good for 13.
Wright also came off the pine and led the national team with 22 points.
Terrence Romeo dazzled his way to 18 and 8 assists while Fajardo (16 points and 15 rebounds) and RR Pogoy (14 points and 13 rebounds) each submitted a double-double.
Gilas Pilipinas will have a quick turnaround and will face Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, and the rest of the Luzon All-Stars on Friday at Lucena City in Quezon.
Mindanao PBA All Stars 114 - Rosario 28, Simon 14, Barroca 13, Amer 10, Lastimosa 9, Baguio 8, Tautuaa 8, Jalalon 6, Khobuntin 6, Reavis 5, Thoss 4, Thompson 3, Belo 0.
Gilas Pilipinas 114 - Wright 22, Romeo 18, Fajardo 16, Pogoy 14, Cruz 11, Revilla 10, Tolomia 10, Ferrer 7, Torres 2, Gotladera 2, Guinto 2, Pessumal 0.
Quarters: 24-24, 59-55, 86-93, 114-114.
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