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Gilas Pilipinas absorbs first loss in SEA Games build up at Alab Pilipinas hands

by Reynald Magallon, November 12, 2019 9:15am

Gilas Pilipinas absorbed their first loss in their Southeast Asian Games build up, 93-89 at the hands of Alab Pilipinas in their second tune-up game at the Meralco Gym on Monday.

Gilas split its two game tune-up with Alab, winning the first one, 98-95. Unlike last week's game though Gilas struggled against Alab who are now in complete force with their three imports in Nick King, Adrian Forbes and Khalif Wyatt who led the attack for Alab with a combined 40 points.

King unloaded 23 of those, while Fil-Australian Jordan Heading contributed 14 markers including the huge corner triple in the final minutes of the game when Gilas still threatening the San Miguel-backed ABL team.

RR Pogoy paced Gilas with 14 points while June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar scattered 12 points each. Gilas were without Troy Rosario and Greg Slaughter too injuries.

"I don't want to make excuses but I think we played really tired tonight maybe we didn't have the energy that we had in the last game. And they did some things to us that we haven't worked out. They did a lot of switching that we haven't worked out," said Cone.

"They did a good job against our pick and roll and they beat us down the floor. Again we're not getting down on the floor well defensively. We have to get down on the floor well defensively."

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