FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas drops first tune-up game to Jordan

Paul Lintag on Nov 19, 2018 09:58 PM
FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas drops first tune-up game
It was a testy game, with Jordan being called for two technical fouls, but the new-look Gilas just failed to capitalize in its first tune-up game as a unified squad under head coach Yeng Guiao.

MANILA, Philippines --- Gilas Pilipinas will have some things to work on in order to live up to its tag as "The Best Philippine team ever assembled."

Jordan took the first of two practice games Monday at the Meralco Gym here, banking on better late-game execution to score a 98-92 win.

Veteran forward Zaid Abbas was clutch for the visitors, hitting two booming triples in the final two minutes to create much-needed separation from Gilas.

It was a testy game, with Jordan being called for two technical fouls, but the new-look Gilas just failed to capitalize in its first tune-up game as a unified squad under head coach Yeng Guiao.

A last-ditch run led by Jayson Castro and Marcio Lassiter would ultimately fall short as Jordan was steady from th foul line.

"We're a little bit rusty," Guiao said.

"There's a lot of room for improvement but we still play this team on Wednesday. Dapat magpa-kita na tayo ng improvement from today," he added.

Christian Standhardinger was the high man for Gilas, scoring 21 points off the bench. Lassiter added 14 and Castro was good for 13 points.

No other player scored in double figures for the Philippines after those three.

For Jordan, it was Abbas that led the way with 24 points.

Gilas gave up a strong start to Jordan as the visitors opended the game with three straight triples.

Jordan would maintain their hot start and would eventually lead by 12, 25-13, after another pair of three pointers and a layup from Abbas.

The game momentarily stopped after that as Abbas went down after taking an elbow to the face from Beau Belga.

Gilas would recover as the San Miguel boys, led by Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, and Alex Cabagnot, sparked a 15-0 run bridging the first and second quarters and the Philippines took over, 28-25.

While the Beermen ended up stabilizing Gilas' offense, Jordan would prove to be a tough nut to crack and they took a 46-44 lead at halftime.

In a physical third period, Jordan maintained its lead, taking advantage of Gilas Pilipinas' cold shooting, 70-67.

Only Standardhardinger was somewhat effective for the Philippines in the third and most of his points came from picking up misses and capitalizing on broken plays.

Still, the Philippines did enough not to be left behind, setting up the fourth quarter.

Both countries will play again on Wednesday.

 

The Scores:


JORDAN 98 -- Abbas 24, Al Awadi 18, Amin 16, Dentmon 11, Hussein 10, Obeid 8, Yousef 8, Kanaan 3, Abdeen 0, Ahmad 0, Dasuq 0, Hasoneh 0, Sinan 0.

PHILIPPINES 92 -- Standhardinger 21, Lassiter 14, Castro 13, Belga 7, Rosario 7, Wright 7, Fajardo 6, Cabagnot 5, Santos 5, Erram 4, Rivero 4, Norwood 0.

Quarters: 25-13, 46-44, 70-67, 98-82.

 

 

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