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Gilas Pilipinas falls short against Angola in OT

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, September 04, 2019 6:06pm

Gilas Pilipinas’ gallant stand against Angola fell short as the Filipinos surrendered an 84-81 overtime decision on Wednesday in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Center in Foshan, China.

The game was tied at 73-73 at the end of regulation when RR Pogoy put Gilas ahead with a hook shot off a CJ Perez pass. Andray Blatche pushed the lead up to three, 76-73, with a split from the free throw line, but Carlos Morais attacked the defense of Pogoy and knocked in two free throws.

A wide-open three-pointer from Reggie Moore gave Angola a 78-76 advantage with 3:02 left in the game before CJ Perez missed on a layup attempt. Yanick Moreira then scored on a layup and Perez committed a traveling violation.

Perez immediately made up for his mistake as he drew an offensive foul from Moreira before Blatche pulled Gilas to within 78-80 with a pair of charities at the 1:54 mark of the extension period. Moreira, however, tipped in a Gerson Domingos miss before Domingos drew a charging foul on Perez with 1:07 left and Angola up 82-78.

Gilas had another chance to come closer as Moore missed on a jumper, but Perez also missed a three-point try and Domingos hit two free throws off a Kiefer Ravena foul. Pogoy then knocked in a three-pointer to keep the Filipinos alive, but Morais drew a foul on Blatche with seven seconds left in the game.

Morais hit the first to give Angola an 84-81 lead. He missed the second and gave Gilas a chance to tie the game. Pogoy got the rebound and found Ravena for a quick three-point try. Ravena, however, missed on his step-in shot and Leonel Paulo grabbed the rebound at the end of the game.

Veteran big man Valdelicio Joaquim had his way against the Gilas frontline as he finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks while Moreira had 12 points, 15 boards, and one steal. Moore also had 12 markers, Morais 11, and Jaques Conceicao 10.

Blatche powered Gilas with 23 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, and one block while Perez finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Robert Bolick chipped in 10 markers.

Gilas had another tough night from the three-point line as they shot just 10-of-46 from beyond the arc.

Angola took a 21-20 lead at the end of the first quarter before extending their lead to 38-34 at the half. The Angolans then created a 56-46 separation at the end of the third, but Gilas took a 65-64 lead with a Pogoy trey at the 3:51 mark of the final canto.

Morais tied the game at 70-70 with a three-pointer and Perez’s three-pointer tied it at 73-73. Perez had one more shot at taking the victory, but Gilas failed to come close to the basket in their final possession of the regulation and Perez ended up missing a long trey.

Gilas has now lost all of their three games in the World Cup. They will be back in action on Friday in the classification phase in Beijing.

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