MANILA, Philippines – Their final game had no television coverage; the only way to see the final game of this version of Gilas Pilipinas was if you bought a ticket at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium.
In front of a small, but dedicated group of supporters, the Philippine men’s national basketball team closed their run in the 17th Asian Games tournament with an 84-68 victory over Mongolia on Wednesday, October 1.
Ranidel De Ocampo exploded for 25 points on 12/15 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds while LA Tenorio, Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo contributed 11 a piece as Gilas grabs the 7th place position in the Asiad basketball tournament.
Team captain Jimmy Alapag, playing in his final game as a member of the nationals, played just 15 seconds while Marc Pingris sat out after being hobbled by injuries. Marcus Douthit played eight minutes and blocked two shots without scoring as Fajardo took the bulk of the minutes.
Mongolian captain Bilguun Battuvshin topscored for the FIBA-ranked 112 team with 18 while Sanchir Tungalag contributed 15.
Mongolia led 21-18 after the first quarter before Gilas rallied in the second to lead 38-30 at the half.
The Philippines’ seventh-place finish was the worst the country had finished at the Asian Games since the inclusion of professional players.
The next major tournament for the Philippine team will be the FIBA Asia Championship in China next September. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. – Rappler.com
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