Gilas Pilipinas finds winning form to defeat Egypt
MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas defeated the Egyptian national team at the Palacio Multiusos in Guadalajara, Spain to snap a 5-game losing streak in tuneup games leading in to this weekend’s FIBA World Cup opener.
The Philippines beat Egypt, 74-65 on Monday, August 25, behind the efforts of Jeff Chan and naturalized Filipino big man Andray Blatche, who finished with 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Jayson Castro sat out the game as Paul Lee took some of the scoring load, putting up 6 markers. Marc Pingris put up 12 points while reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo contributed 8.
Chan scored half his total output in the first half to spearhead Gilas to a 31-29 lead against Egypt, which finished in second place in the recent FIBA Africa Championship.
After Gilas used a 17-5 run to establish a double digit lead in the third quarter, Egypt went on a run to attempt a last hurrah in the fourth period.
However, Chan and Ranidel De Ocampo were responsible for eight quick points that helped Philippines coast to the win in Guadalajara, Spain, in front of a crowd composed of mostly Filipinos.
Gilas wraps up their tuneup schedule on Tuesday, August 26, against Dominican Republic. - Rappler.com
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