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Reyes sees growth as Gilas survives Alaska in testy encounter

Gilas Pilipinas was looking for a fight and Alaska dragged the young Filipinos into a fiery, rough-and-tumble duel Saturday.

The national team came out of its three-games-in-four days gauntlet unblemished but had to go through the wringer with close shaves against NLEX, Blackwater and a scrappy Alaska side.

Tune up game between Alaska and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Mark Giongco
It was only a tune-up game but there was no shortage of drama, with bodies crashing and elbows flying. Kiefer Ravena buried the game-winning triple with 28 seconds left in the testy encounter that saw Calvin Abueva and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger figure in a heated commotion late.

And it was a kind of exhibition game Gilas, which leaves for Taipei on Friday for the Jones Cup, needed.

“Christian Standhardinger loves that. That’s the game he grew up playing and same with Mike Myers, it’s no problem with us,” said national team head coach Chot Reyes told reporters after his squad escaped with a 120-117 win at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.

“More than the testiness, it was a hard game. We know Alaska is a disciplined team and they press a lot and I’m just very happy that we’re able to withstand it,” said Reyes.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/255529/reyes-sees-growth-as-gilas-survives-alaska-in-testy-encounter

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