If Marc Pingris found his touch two days ago against team India, this time it’s Andray Blatche as he muscled team Lebanon with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Lebanese hoopers can’t stop the former Brooklyn Nets forward neither from inside nor from outside, Blatche finished the game with a field goal percentage of 57.1%.
Philippines was leading 57-49 at the end of third quarter but Lebanon didn’t gave up the battle and they closed the gap 57-61 after the 3-pointer made by Jasmon Youngblood in the fourth quarter. Gilas Pilipinas responded and made its own run that resulted to a 10-point lead with the three pointer unleashed by Terrence Romeo.
Jayson Castro William led team Philippines in the first half of action as he registered 13 points in the first quarter while Bassel Bawji led team Lebanon with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
With the win against Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas will advance to semi-final round and will face Japan whom they defeated in the first round.