MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas fell to the Lithuania choice squad, 90-80, in a tune-up match on Tuesday in Kaunas, Lithuania.
After successful back-to-back video games over a younger Ukraine aspect, the Filipinos obtained off to a sluggish begin and trailed by 17 early after permitting the Lithuanians to attain 36 factors within the first quarter.
The house staff led by as many as 24 with a 54-30 lead within the second quarter earlier than Gilas made a run to trim it right down to 12, 54-42. However the Lithuanians nonetheless imposed their will after the halftime break behind Tomas Zdanavicius’ stellar play.
Zdanavicius was almost unstoppable as he led his eight-man staff with 25 factors, hitting 6-of-7 from the three-point line and tallying seven rebounds and 4 assists.
Vytautas Sulskis was additionally instrumental for Lithuania with 19 factors and 9 rebounds. Justinas Ramanauskas scored 12 factors and dished out 9 assists, whereas Rokas Pocius added 10 markers and 9 boards.
Gilas leaned on Justin Brownlee’s 20-point and seven-rebound effort which wasn’t sufficient because the Nationals have now dropped three of their 5 tune-up matches as a part of their build-up for the Fiba World Cup 2023 beginning on August 25.
Jamie Malonzo displayed an all-around recreation with 14 factors, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals. June Mar Fajardo put up 13 factors, whereas Kiefer Ravena had 10 factors and 4 assists.
Ange Kouame, one of many three Gilas’ naturalized gamers, noticed motion for the primary time after his commencement in Ateneo however solely performed over six minutes and completed with 4 factors.
Gilas, which shot 29-of-73 from the sphere and obtained outrebounded by Lithuania, 46-39, missed Scottie Thompson, whereas Dwight Ramos solely performed over three minutes.
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