Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gilas Pilipinas falls short vs Angola in tune-up game despite Andray Blatche posts 33 & 17 (HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO)

The Gilas Pilipinas ,Philippine national men’s basketball team, dropped another tough contest to world-class competition, falling to African powerhouse Angola, 83-74, in a tune-up game on Thursday in San Sebastian, Spain.

Gilas Pilipinas posed a real threat to Angola, champions of seven of the last eight FIBA Africa Championships and ranked 15th in the world, trailing by as little as five points early in the fourth before falling behind near the end.
Naturalized NBA player Andray Blatche had a phenomenal performance, scoring 33 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in almost 31 minutes of play but no other Filipino player finished in double figures.

Ranidel De Ocampo came closest with nine points while Gabe Norwood added seven. Jimmy Alapag and Jeff Chan each hit two three-pointers for six points.

Gilas point guard Jayson Castro, who had to undergo an MRI on Wednesday after suffering an injury in their previous game, was back on the court for this one, playing 15 minutes but only scoring two points.

The Filipinos finished the first quarter tied at 17-all and even took a nine-point lead in the second period before a big 26-8 run from Angola changed the complexion of the game.

The African champs entered the halftime break leading, 43-34.

In the third, Gilas battled back to within five, 53-48, but a strong finish from Angola pushed the lead to double figures, 64-50, heading into the fourth.

The Philippines then scored nine consecutive points to open the final period, cutting the deficit back down to a manageable five points, 64-59.

But Angola countered with an 8-0 run before pushing the lead to as high as 15 points, 76-61, in the fourth.

Angola’s 6-foot-4 guard Olimpio Cipriano torched his Filipino defenders for 29 points while naturalized player Reggie Moore had 14.

The scores:
Angola (83) – Cipriano 29, Moore 14, Moreira 9, Fortes 7, Joaquim 6, Gomes 5, Mingas 5, Costa 4, Ndoniema 2, Santos 2, Manuel 0, Barros 0.

Gilas Pilipinas (74) – Blatche 33, De Ocampo 9, Norwood 7, Alapag 6, Chan 6, Tenorio 4, Aguilar 4, Fajardo 3, Castro 2, David 0, Belga 0, Dillinger 0, Pingris 0.

Quarterscores: 17-17, 43-34, 64-50, 83-74.


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