Standhardinger drains winner as Gilas beats NLEX in tuneup

Paul Lintag on Jul 05, 2017 10:32 PM
Standhardinger drains winner as Gilas beats NLEX in tuneup
Fil-German Christian Standhardinger took a pass from Kiefer Ravena before making the game-winning layup for Gilas Pilipinas in its tuneup game against NLEX.

Even in a practice game, Gilas Pilipinas found a way to make "PUSO" shine.

Playing its first tuneup ahead of the 2017 Jones Cup, the national team scored a wild 113-112 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors Wednesday at the Meralco Gym, completing a comeback from 25 points down.

Trailing by one point, 111-112, after Christian Standhardinger completed an and-one play with 13.1 seconds to go, Gilas had one final chance after Matthew Wright stole a Larry Fonacier inbounds pass.

Kiefer Ravena then found Standhardinger wide open for the easy game-winning layup as Gilas Pilipinas pulled through after a great challenge from a game NLEX squad.

"We were just lucky that their import sprained his ankle and he was not there in the endgame," head coach Chot Reyes said.

"Ang gulo ng laro namin, sa sobrang gulo pati ata sila naguluhan kaya nanalo kami," he added.

Playing with basically a mixture of the Jones Cup and SEA Games lineup, Gilas got dominated in the first half with the Road Warriors opening up a 25-point lead, 52-27.

The national team would settled down in the second half though, finally taking over the lead, 99-98, at the 6:15 mark of the fourth via a Carl Bryan Cruz layup.

NLEX would make one final charge, taking a 112-108 advantage with 17 seconds to go, but Standhardinger would score the game's final five points for the win.

Ravena and import Mike Myers led Gilas Pilipinas with 13 points each while Standhardinger was good for 12.



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