Gilas Pilipinas, Perlas shoot for back-to-back wins

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2017 07:33 PM
Gilas Pilipinas, Perlas shoot for back-to-back wins
Rayray Parks and the rest of Gilas Pilipinas aim to snatch their second straight win.

KUALA LUMPUR -- After a hard-fought win in the opening game, Gilas Pilipinas shoots for its second victory against Myanmar in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MABA Stadium here.

Carl Bryan Cruz, who arrived to reinforce the team, is tipped to add more muscles inside the paint as national cagers seek to improve their game in quest of a record 17th title in the biennial games.

The Filipinos quintet encountered scary moments before prevailing with a close 81-74 win in the opening game late Sunday.           

Down by two points, 69-71, in the last four minutes of the game, Gilas Pilipinas went to Keifer Ravena and Baser Amer to stop the Thais’ momentum and gained control of the game from thereon.           

Ravena completed a pair of free throws and later scored a clutch jumper to move Gilas on top, 75-71. Later Amer scored on a lay up to seal the victory.           

Troy Rosario topscored Gilas with 16 points on top of 10 rebounds while Christian Standhardinger finished with 15 and 14 rebounds and Bobby Ray Parks scored 14. 

Ravena likewise settled with 11 points for coach Jong Uichico.

Meanwhile, Perlas Pilipinas gained more confidence as it faces a more dangerous Indonesian side at 8:15 p.m. Monday in women’s basketball. 

Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontijos and Camille Sambile, who combined for 39 points against Singapore in their first game expressed confidence as they aim for their second straight win.

Perlas Pilipinas encountered less trouble as they demolished Singapore, 88-54, also on Sunday. After leading by just seven points, 23-16, in the opening quarter, Bernardino led a fiery uprising to widen the gap, 64-36, going into the fourth period. 

Bernardino finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Pontijos had 13 and 10 from Camille Sambile for Perlas Pilipinas.

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