FIBA: Near triple-double for Blatche as Gilas Pilipinas beats Adelaide 36ers
Paul Lintag on Aug 23, 2019 07:45 PM
Andray Blatche posted a near triple-double and finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists in the win vs. Adelaide. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Gilas Pilipinas gets a huge boost in its preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
The Philippine national team beat Australia’s Adelaide 36ers, 92 - 83, in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym.
It’s the first of two games between the two teams and Gilas improved to 4-1 overall in its tune-ups ahead of the World Championships.
Gilas was in control for most of the game until the 36ers’ strong fourth-quarter effort that gave them the lead, 81-80.
Fortunately for the national team, Andray Blatche found RR Pogoy for a booming triple with 3:32 to go that sparked a 10-0 run for Gilas, regaining the lead that they’ll never lose until the final buzzer.
Pogoy scored eight in that 10-0 run with Blatche assisting on all three baskets.
Japeth Aguilar then dropped a two-hand power slam with 35 seconds left for a 92-83 lead that pretty much sealed the win.
Blatche posted a near triple-double and finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists.
Japeth Aguilar added 17 for Gilas while CJ Perez came off the bench and scored 12 points. RR Pogoy and Paul Lee were likewise in double figures with 10 points each.
GILAS PILIPINAS 92 - Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0.
ADELAIDE 83 - Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0.
Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.
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