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