Thirdy Ravena and Ange Kouame made the key plays late to help Gilas Pilipinas to a 74-73 overtime win over Tunisia in the King Abdullah Cup early Friday (Manila time) at the Prince Hamzah Sport Hall in Amman, Jordan.
Ravena went 1-for-2 at the line in the final seconds of the extra period to give the Philippines a one-point lead and a Kouame block and a team stop in the final three seconds saved Gilas from a late meltdown. Gilas improved to 2-1 in the tournament.
Kouame led all Gilas players with 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting along with seven rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals in an all-around effort. Dwight Ramos cooled down from a tremendous 21-point showing against Jordan-B on Thursday but still managed 11 points, three boards, two dimes, two swats and a steal.
SJ Belangel, meanwhile, added 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting and four assists in just 18 minutes for the Philippines.
Gilas trailed for the most part against the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket champions until late in the fourth quarter, where a big Rey Suerte triple tied the game at 66 and put the Nationals in a position to force a stop and set up one more possession in the final 37 seconds.
They did just that, but Dwight Ramos missed a triple and Justine Baltazar missed a putback shot that would have given Gilas the win in the clutch.