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    IECO erases huge lead, but falls short vs Xinjiang to bow out of Terrific 12

    Sep 20, 2018
    Fil-Am Joshua Munzon was one of the few bright spots for the locals on IECO.
    PHOTO: power sport images

    THE IECO Green Warriors suffered a heartbreaking 107-103 collapse to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers to bow out of the Asia League Terrific 12 2018 Thursday at Studio City Events Center in Macau.

    The Philippine team showed a lot of heart and crawled back from a lead as many as 15 points, chipping away a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, 93-84 to take a 99-95 edge with four minutes and 26 seconds remaining as a pair of Gab Banal freebies capped off a 15-2 run.

    However, the powerhouse Chinese ballclub was just too much, with Darius Adams and Abudushalamu Abudurexiti conspiring in Xinjiang's 12-4 finishing kick to boot winless IECO out of the invitational tournament.

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      Replacement import Tiras Wade, who came in for injured big man Richard Howell, carried the Green Warriors with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block, while Sam Logwood added 21 and nine.

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      Joshua Munzon was a huge boost in IECO's uprising late, racking 16 points and two rebounds, as Banal also had 16, two dimes, and a board.

      The Ariel Vanguardia-mentored Green Warriors failed to make it past the group stages after going 0-2 in their assignments.

      Adams dropped 45 huge points, to go with eight rebounds and eight assists for the Flying Tigers.

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      Abudurexiti registered a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards for Xinjiang, while Wang Zirui had 14.

      The scores:

      XINJIANG 107 – Adams 45, Abudurexiti 19, Wang 14, Chou 9, Makam 9, Fan 6, Liu 4, Zeng 1, Jiang 0.

      IECO 103 – Wade 24, Logwood 21, Banal 16, Munzon 16, Scharer 8, Salem 8, Cruz 6, Sena 2, Reyes 2, Dennison 0, Porter 0, Toth 0.

      Quarters: 27-27, 61-54, 87-78, 107-103.

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      Fil-Am Joshua Munzon was one of the few bright spots for the locals on IECO.
      PHOTO: power sport images
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