Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas just couldn't catch a break against Lebanon as it absorbed a 60-71 loss to the visitors in their second tuneup game at the Meralco Gym in Pasig on Sunday, November 25.

Still within striking distance after 3 quarters, 51-56, the Filipinos were limited to a measly 9 points in the final period as the Lebanese reasserted their mastery over the home squad.

It was Team Pilipinas' third loss in 4 friendly contests the past week. Its lone win came against Jordan in a game that saw the visitors walk out following a verbal spat between rival coaches.

Sixteen-year-old Kai Sotto saw action for Filipinos for the first time and tallied 2 points off two free throws. He had his sights on a poster dunk over Ater Majok but was fouled in the process. 

Gilas takes on Kazakhstan on Friday, November 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena to kick off its campaign in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.