FIBA: Gilas draws Mighty Sports in practice game
Paul Lintag on Jul 08, 2019 08:16 PM
Gilas Pilipinas gets the tie against Mighty Sports in a practice game (FIBA).
Gilas Pilipinas tied Mighty Sports in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym, 85-all.
Down six, the Philippines got two clutch triples from Marcio Lassiter and CJ Perez to force the tie and then stopped Mighty on the other end to secure the draw.
Gilas ran two great plays to get Lassiter and RR Pogoy open. Marcio drilled his attempt on the first try but Pogoy missed. The national team had to scramble after RR’s miss and the ball wound up at the hands of Perez.
The PBA’s no. 1 rookie then calmy sank the game-tying triple with 14.7 seconds to go.
“Coming into the game, I didn’t really expect much but the giys really showed good effort,” Gilas coach Yeng Guiao said.
“I’m happy with the results. This is a relly good quality team [Mighty]. This is a good practice, good exercise for us in terms or our preparations,” he added.
Even though the national team was playing with limited players, Gilas was overall better after the break, weathering an initial storm from Mighty’s Eugene Phelps.
Behind sharper movements and plays, the national team took a 60-59 lead heading into final period.
Despite a strong second half effort, Gilas got a slow start in the opening period as Mighty started with four imports and point guard Jason Brickman to overwhelm the Philippine national team.
Halfway through the first quarter, Gilas still only had four points and both baskets were courtesy of reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.
The Philippines was already down 10 afrer the first, 13-23.
Gilas’ second unit played much better with guard RR Pogoy at the lead.
TNT’s top sniper sparked the Philippine offense in the second quarter, allowing Gilas to cut the deficit to one, 37-38, before ending the half down by three.
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