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    Gilas ends Lithuanian training camp on losing note 

    Jun 15, 2013
    Gilas lost its final game in its two-week training camp in Lithuania with a 79-86 defeat to Birstono Jazz-Diremta.

    GILAS Pilipinas closed out its seven-game tune-up in Lithuania on a losing note as Birstono Jazz-Diremta got back at the Nationals, 79-86, in their rematch Saturday night at the Svyrutio Arena in Klaipeda City, Lithuania.

    The team sorely missed Fil-Am big guard Gabe Norwood, who had to fly back to Manila over the weekend to marry his long-time girl friend Lei Feranil.

    Already missing Marc Pingris with a strained shoulder, the Nationals played out of sync against the tall Birstono squad, which they defeated 74-63 in their first meeting last week.

    “1 guy short again today. Gabe flew out this morning for his wedding,” said Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes on his Twitter account @josh_reyes.

    “Weren't ready to play today.”

    Birstono, which finished 14th spot in the 18-team bracket of the Lithuania national league, took a 36-30 lead at the half and managed to hold on for the win.

    Gilas winds up its seven-game Lithuanian trip with a 5-2 record and is expected to arrive in Manila on Monday.

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    The Filipinos will continue their regular daily practice in Manila by next week before leaving on the first week of July for Las Vegas for another series of tune-up matches.

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    Gilas lost its final game in its two-week training camp in Lithuania with a 79-86 defeat to Birstono Jazz-Diremta.
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