The Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team managed to salvage an 85-all draw during the national squad’s tune-up game against Mighty Sports, Monday night at the Meralco Gym.
Down by 6, 85-79, with the game clock down to 1:37, Marcio Lassiter drained a triple to cut the deficit in half. Columbian rookie CJ Perez then followed it up with a trey of his own to knot the count at 85 with time down to 14.7 seconds.
Might Sports, handled by former Gilas mentor Rajko Toroman in the absence of head coach Charles Tiu, still had a chance to salvage the game but import McKenzie Moore missed on a contested shot as time expired.
“As confused as they sometimes get, because they were really good, they were able to salvage the situation even when the play is bad,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao shortly after the game.
“We just lived off our natural chemistry and it’s really nice to look at. Nobody was really trying to dominate the game, the ball was moving around, they showed good effort on defense. We haven’t really practiced defense the past few days that we practiced, but with the stock knowledge that they have, we can still improved on a lot of departments,” added the concurrent NLEX Road Warriors mentor.
Aside from Lassiter and Perez, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, Roger Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Poy Erram, Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar suited up for Gilas in the tune-up match which is the team’s first in preparation for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.