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Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneup

The newly formed Gilas Pilipinas squad that will play in the Jones Cup Invitational in Chinese Taipei struggled big time in its first game playing together, with Filipino-German rookie Christian Standhardinger bailing the team out.

Standhardinger scored five points in the last 23 seconds that keyed a 113-112 win over NLEX on Wednesday night.
Understandably so, coach Chot Reyes was displeased.

Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.net
“I thought NLEX outworked us in the first half,” Reyes said after the game at Meralco Gym. “But we spoke to the players (at halftime) and there was a big turnaround.”

Gilas, which is bidding to win the Jones Cup with just one import for the first time since 2012, leaves for Taiwan on July 13 and will play nine games in as many days.

Its final outing will be against Iran for what could be the championship match.

The Philippines, represented by Mighty Sports last year, swept the Jones Cup with a roster that featured a load of former PBA imports led by Al Thornton.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/255248/filipino-german-stars-gilas-ph-tuneup

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