IN PHOTOS: Gilas downs PBA All-Stars in summit battle

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IN PHOTOS: Gilas downs PBA All-Stars in summit battle
This wasn't your typical All-Star game. View photos from the showdown between Gilas Pilipinas and the PBA All-Stars

MANILA, Philippines – This wasn’t your typical exhibition All-Star game.

With Team Philippines gearing up for the crucial FIBA World Cup tournament later this year, their clash with the PBA All-Star squad would serve as their first scrimmage to gel as a team.

Using smothering defense, hard-nosed rebounding and Coach Chot Reyes’ dribble-drive offense, Gilas Pilipinas outlasted the All-Stars, 101-93, on Sunday, April 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

But it wasn’t easy, as the All-Stars fought hard, utilizing the European set defense that Gilas is likely to encounter during the World Cup.

The game also marked the highly-anticipated first meeting between Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo, two of the PBA’s premier bigs. It was also the debut of Paul Lee and Jared Dillinger with Gilas.

Here are photos from the event by Rappler’s Josh Albelda and Nuki Sabio of PBA Images.

Gary David of Gilas Pilipinas puts up a jumper. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jeff Chan of Gilas drives to the basket. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo of Gilas and PBA All-Star Greg Slaughter vie for a loose ball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas' Paul Lee puts up a runner over Joe Devance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas' Larry Fonacier tries to strip PBA All-Star Marcio Lassiter as he drives. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Marcus Douthit of Gilas goes up for a dunk. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo of Gilas puts up a jumper in the lane. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

LA Tenorio of Gilas puts up a layup against Chris Ellis. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Gary David of Gilas holds up the MVP trophy. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The Gilas Pilipinas squad poses with their trophy. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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