MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national men’s basketball team Gilas Pilipinas was unstoppable against Hong Kong on Thursday, September 25 in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
And so was big man Ranidel De Ocampo.
The 33-year old versatile forward with a nice touch from the outside slammed it home good against Hong Kong, whom Gilas decimated by 101-50 to bounce back strong from an embarrassing two-point loss to Palestine on opening day.
Leading already by 63-29 midway in the third period, Gabe Norwood and De Ocampo conspired for the pick and roll that led to a free line to the hoop and the booming one-handed jam from De Ocampo.
And although the crowd mostly cheered loudly for Hong Kong, they could not help but be impressed by the beautiful finish.
De Ocampo, 33, started out late in the team’s preparations for this tournament owing to a hamstring injury he nursed for about 3 weeks. He was a member of the 2013 silver medal squad and the team that played in the 2014 FIBA World cup.
The previousl silver medalist is now eyeing the gold and the accompanying 2016 Summer Olympics berth at this year’s FIBA Asia. Their last assignment for the first round in Group B is Kuwait on Friday, September 25. – Rappler.com