Sunday, May 5, 2013
2013 PBA All-Star: Gilas Pilipinas vs PBA All-Stars Full Game Video Replay
Rain or Shine forward Jeff Chan nailed a three-pointer with six-tenths of a second remaining as the Philippine national men’s basketball team battled a crack selection of PBA stars to a 124-all tie in the league’s annual All-Star game Sunday in Digos City.
The SMART-Gilas Pilipinas squad battled back from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to force the tie in what was the first public appearance of the latest incarnation of the national team.
The PBA All-Stars promised to provide a challenge for the Gilas team preparing for the FIBA Asia Championship, and they made good on it. Arwind Santos, who won co-Most Valuable Player honors for the game, led the selection to a hot 9-2 start to begin the game.
Gilas battled back in what was a nip-and-tuck affair for most of the game. But the All-Stars broke away early in the fourth quarter, taking a 101-90 lead.
The All-Stars were still down by eight points, 118-110, with less than two minutes on a jumper by Arwind Santos. But rattled off a 9-4 run capped by a Gary David three-pointer to come within three points, 122-119 with 27 seconds remaining.
Gilas forced a turnover in the next possession, and Jayson Castro scored two free throws to bring the national team within a single point, 122-121.
JVee Casio hit two free throws in the ensuing play to give the All-Stars more breathing room. Gilas drew up a play for Ranidel De Ocampo after a timeout, but the Talk ‘N Text big man’s shot was stuck on the rim, resulting in a jump ball.
Santos won the tip for the All-Stars, but Castro grabbed possession of the ball, calling timeout. In the final play, Gilas moved the ball around before finding Chan, who faked off a defender before swishing in the game-tying basket.
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