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    Gilas nips Jordan in thriller, salvages measure of pride at close of Fiba Asia Cup campaign

    Aug 20, 2017
    Gilas guard Terrence Romeo celebrates the great escape against Jordan. Photo from Fiba.com

    GILAS Pilipinas went on a 10-0 tear over the last one-minute and 47 seconds to beat Jordan, 75-70, on Sunday night and salvage a measure of pride at the close of its campaign in the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Terrence Romeo made up assist to set up Japeth Aguilar's go-ahead basket then forced a backing violation at the other end as Gilas turned around a game that was slipping from its grasp after Jordan went on an 11-0 tear to seize a 70-65 lead.

    The great escape enabled Gilas to rebound from two successive losses in the playoff stage and finish in seventh place at the close of its campaign in this 16-nation showcase that started so auspiciously with a sweep of its group-stage matches.

    Still, the seventh-place finish stood as the worst for Gilas over the past eight years, or since a team of PBA players coached by Yeng Guiao wound up eighth in Tianjin, China back in 2009.

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    Romeo and Matthew Wright each scored 13 points to lead Gilas, who pulled off the win despite making just 34 percent (24-of-70) of its shots against a tall Jordan team coached by one-time PBA Asian import Sam Daghles.

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    Rookie Carl Bryan Cruz added nine points while Aguilar had eight points and seven rebounds for a team that gave up a lot to Jordan in terms of size after Fil-German Christian Standhardinger left to play for the Gilas cadets in the Southeast Asian Games.

    The Filipinos still had the game under control, 65-59, in the endgame when Jordan unleashed a burst of 11 unanswered points to seize the lead, 70-65, on Mousa Alawadi's basket with 1:47 to go.

    The scores:

    Gilas 75 - Romeo 13, Wright 13, Cruz 9, Aguilar 8, Castro 8, Abueva 6, Norwood 5, Almazan 4, Jalalon 4, Fajardo 3, Pogoy 2.

    Jordan 70 - Alawadi 21, Hussein 13, Alhamarsheh 12, Abdeen 10, Abu Hawwas 8, Zaghab 3, Eid 0, Abuwazaneh 0.

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    Quarterscores: 17-17; 35-27; 58-53; 75-70

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    Gilas guard Terrence Romeo celebrates the great escape against Jordan. Photo from Fiba.com
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