The Gilas Pilipinas defeated the PBA All-Stars, 101-93. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Coach Chot Reyes and Gilas Pilipinas expressed their appreciation for the PBA All-Stars after the national team defeated the PBA selection, 101-93, in the All-Star Game Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
In what was the national team’s first tune-up game ahead of the FIBA World Cup and the Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas came away with a convincing victory that pleased Reyes.
“More than the final outcome, the final score, we’re looking at how the players react and how the players follow the game plan,” Reyes said on PBA.ph. “We’re happy with the 28 assists. It speaks volumes of the kind of team that we have.”
Reyes said he appreciated the effort of the PBA All-Stars, who gave Gilas a tough test before the national team pulled away in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to Gary David.
“They prepared hard and really played well,” said Reyes, who also thanked All-Stars coach Tim Cone on Twitter.
“Really appreciated PBA All-Stars going out of their way to play us tough tonight. Special thanks to my bud @manilacone,” tweeted Reyes, adding the hashtags “Laban Pilipinas” and “Puso.”
Cone got good efforts from Arwind Santos and PJ Simon, who helped the All-Stars cut an 18-point lead to 11, 84-95, midway through the final period.
But David scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter to quell the rally.
“They were too organized,” Cone said of Gilas Pilipinas. “We only had one point guard (Mark Barroca). We had to have a great game from Mark.”
“But our guys fought tremendously, and I’m proud of them,” he added.
Jeff Chan led all scorers with 17 points, while JunMar Fajardo contributed 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jayson Castro had 12 points.
Marcus Douthit had 10 points and seven rebounds and provided Gilas a huge boost, said Reyes.
“We expected that as we had Marcus. It’s kind of an unfair advantage,” said the coach.