Alab burns Gilas in closed-door tune-up game
Paul Lintag on Nov 11, 2017 01:27 PM
Alab Pilipinas, coached by Jimmy Alapag, burned Jayson Castro's Gilas Pilipinas in a closed-door tune-up game.
Does this count as an upset?
Alab Pilipinas appears to be more ready than Gilas Pilipinas as the Philippine representative for the Asean Basketball League won its closed-door tune-up game over the Philippine national team Saturday at the Meralco Gym.
Alab scored an 81-76 win over Gilas as the team, coached by Jimmy Alapag, continues its prep for its second ABL season.
After a third-place finish for its debut season last year, Alab will start fresh and will take on defending champion Hong Kong at the MOA Arena on November 19.
Meanwhile, playing with an all-local unit, Gilas Pilipinas dropped its first and only exhibition ahead of the first window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueba, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Kiefer Ravena, RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymond Almazan, and Kevin Alas suited up for Gilas.
The national team opened camp last Nov. 3 and will play its first pair of games against Japan on the road on November 24 and against Taipei at home on November 27.
After the Alab loss, Gilas is reportedly headed to Tagaytay next week for a 3-day isolated session. Naturalized center Andray Blatche is expected to arrive Sunday and he should be part of the out-of-town camp.
Gilas Pilipinas will leave for Tokyo on November 21.
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