Gilas Pilipinas, now enjoying at full energy, took down visiting Ivory Coast on Friday evening, 85-62, within the first of its ultimate three tune-up video games geared in the direction of the Fiba World Cup.
June Mar Fajardo was huge in a third-quarter pull-away together with his sturdy play rubbing off on the likes of Dwight Ramos, AJ Edu, Kai Sotto and Rhenz Abando who saved the Filipinos in management as the sport plodded alongside at PhilSports Area in Pasig Metropolis.
Fajardo, the six-time PBA Most Invaluable Participant, completed with 13 factors, tying Jordan Clarkson. Edu chipped in with 12 factors whereas Scottie Thompson 11—displaying no sick results of his fractured proper hand.
Sotto completed with 10 factors, Ramos seven, Japeth Aguilar six, whereas Abando 5 as Chot Reyes and the remainder of the Gilas mind belief sat out Calvin Oftana, Ray Parks Jr. and Thirdy Ravena.
Reyes has since plans to pilot roster mixture on this sequence of friendlies that can even function Montenegro and Mexico. Gilas performs the Montenegrins on Sunday after which the Mexicans on Monday.
Bazoumana Kone and Maxence Dadiet delivered 12 factors every for the Elephants, ranked forty second within the world Fiba rankings.
The win ought to assist Gilas additional simulate the African fashion of play, which ought to come in useful when it performs Angola within the group section of the match that kicks off Aug. 25 on the Philippine Area in Bulacan province.
Additionally bunched with Gilas are the Dominican Republic and World No. 10 Italy.
Ivory Coast, which arrived in Manila on Thursday, is in Group G with defending champion Spain, Brazil and Iran—Gilas’ previous tormentor and a robust rival for that lone Asian ticket to the Paris Olympic Video games.
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