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Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais

KUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.

Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.

Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74.
The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”

The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.

In the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”

Author: Marc Anthony Reyes, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/261549/sea-games-2017-gilas-pilipinas-nearly-pays-price-for-bad-game-vs-thailand

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