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Gilas’ robust begin not sufficient in Fiba World Cup tuneup loss to Montenegro

Gilas Pilipinas and Montenegro throughout a Fiba World Cup exhibition sport simply days earlier than the worldwide showcase ideas off within the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. SBP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas discovered Montenegro too robust to deal with on Sunday.

Led by NBA star Nikola Vucevic of the Chicago Bulls, Montenegro pulled away within the second half en path to a 102-87 win over the Philippines in a Fiba World Cup tuneup at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis.

Vucevic posted 18 factors, 11 coming within the pivotal third quarter the place Monetenego took management after a closely-contested first half.

Regardless of the loss, Gilas put up a commendable combat, particularly on the onset the place the Nationals zoomed to a 19-11 lead late within the first quarter behind the efforts of Jordan Clarkson and Dwight Ramos.

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“I used to be stunned na dumikit tayo nang ganon (that we’re in a position to go toe-to-toe with them),” stated Gilas coach Chot Reyes. “Ang lakas nang workforce na kinalaban natin (We confronted a very robust workforce).”

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Gilas Pilipinas vs Ivory Coast in a tune-up match forward of the Fiba World Cup.

Clarkson completed with a game-high 27 factors. June Mar Fajardo added 19 regardless of being in foul hassle early whereas Ramos chipped in 13.

The Utah Jazz guard went 9-of-9 from the free throw line and dished out 5 assists however turned the ball over eight occasions.

Gilas, which clobbered Ivory Coast in an exhibition on Friday, performs its closing exhibition sport in opposition to Mexico later at 8 p.m.

The Philippines is in Group A together with the Dominican Republic, Italy and Angola.

Gilas begins its Fiba World Cup marketing campaign on Friday, 8 p.m., in opposition to the Karl-Anthony Cities-led Dominicans at Philippine Area in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Except for Vucevic, Montenegro additionally drew massive contributions from Bojan Dubljevic and naturalized participant Kendrick
Perry, who had 16 and 15 factors, respectively.

Montenegro shot 10-of-24 from lengthy distance whereas Gilas went 5-of-15.

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