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Pinoy Box Break

Gilas Pilipinas Falls To Jordan Team A, Obtains Second Loss In 2021 King Abdullah Cup

by | Posted on: July 31st, 2021 | No Comments | Sports

Gilas Pilipinas’ three-game winning streak in the King Abdullah Cup came to an end on Friday, July 30, when they lost 84-72 to Jordan Team A following a third-quarter meltdown.

Jordan jumped out to an early eight-point lead in the first quarter, 14-6.

Thanks to a three-pointer by Jordan Heading, the Philippines rallied with an 8-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to two, 16-14. After the first quarter, Jordan had taken an 18-16 lead.

Gilas started the second quarter on a 16-3 run to go up by 11 points, 32-21, but Jordan was able to halt the bleeding by going on a 15-6 run of their own to pull within two points, 38-36, with 21 seconds left.

Just before the halftime buzzer, RJ Abarrientos swished one from rainbow country to give the team a five-point lead, 41-36.

However, Gilas blew a double-digit lead as tiredness from successive games appeared to have taken its toll, and the Jordanians took control of the second half.

Jordan Team A, trailing 36-41 at halftime, exploded for 29 points in the third quarter behind 10 Ahmad Al Dwairi points to take a 59-46 lead.

With two Carl Tamayo free throws midway through the fourth quarter, the Philippines cut the deficit to seven points, 63-70, but Jordan Team A pulled away for good with a 12-2 run for their best advantage of the game.

Jordan forward Cameron Forte, however, scored five straight points with 3:31 left to give his team an unassailable 73-63 lead. He had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.

Heading led the Gilas with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range and 4 rebounds, while Tamayo added 14 points on eight attempts.

Heading and Tamayo came out hot early in the second quarter, taking turns on offense to give Gilas an 11-point advantage, 32-21.

In the losing effort, Rey Suerte scored 13 points and Justine Baltazar had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Dwight Ramos, who went scoreless after missing all five of his shots, was a huge loss for the Philippines.

With 23 points and 9 rebounds, Al Dwairi scorched the Filipinos, while Cameron Forte backed him up with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Philippines finished the elimination phase with a 2-2 record, good for third seed moving into the semifinals, despite its win over Jordan Team B not being counted in the final standings.

Gilas has a chance to redeem itself when it faces Jordan Team A in the knockout semifinals on Saturday, July 31. Jordan Team A was seeded second with a 3-1 record.

The Scores:

Gilas Pilipinas 72 – Heading 15, Tamayo 14, Suerte 13, Baltazar 10, Go 5, Ravena 4, Ildefonoso 3, Abarrientos 3, Ramos 0, Navarro 0, Mi. Nieto 0, Chiu 0, Belangel 0, Ma. Nieto 0.

Jordan A 84 – Al Dwairi 23, Forte 22, Abu Hawwas 12, Mustafa 12, Bzai 6, Alhamarsheh 3, Darwish 3, Kanaan 3, Abdeen 0, Obeid 0, Abuwazaneh 0, Shaher Hussein 0, Abbas 0, Hazaimeh 0.

Quarters: 18-16, 36-41, 67-56, 84-72.