FIBA: Gilas rallies past Ivory Coast

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2019 03:44 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao offers instructions to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo courtesy of Ryan Gregorio

Make it two wins in a row for Gilas Pilipinas, as they battled past Ivory Coast, 94-83, in another exhibition game in Spain.

Andray Blatche led the way for the Philippine national team with 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, while Paul Lee (16), Japeth Aguilar (12) and CJ Perez (11) all reached double-digits as well.

It was a come-from-behind triumph for the Filipinos, who trailed, 28-19, at the end of the first frame while being bothered by the height and length of the Ivorians.

Gilas recovered in the third period, where they scored 34 points to seize control, 79-75, and eventually pulled away in the fourth frame.

Mark Barroca had 9 points, making two triples, while Matthew Wright had 7 points. Robert Bolick and Poy Erram each added 5 markers.

This win follows Gilas' 102-80 rout of Congo in their previous game.

The team is set to leave Guadalajara by Friday morning and travel by train to Malaga, where they will take part in a pocket tournament that also includes the Spanish national team.

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