GILAS Pilipinas repeated over a fighting Lithuanian 20-and-under national side Thursday and has now gone four-of-five in tune-up matches in training camp at the Svyturio Arena in Klaipeda City, Lithuania.
The nationals trailed 15-25 during the first period following a strong start by the home team.
But Gilas took care of the basketball and worked its way back into the game en route to its second straight win against the young Lithuanians.
“Repeated over 20-under Lithuanian NT in a physically intense match, 84-88. Rested Ping who's nursing a strained shoulder. 7 TOs only,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes in his Twitter account @coachot.
Josh Reyes, son of the national mentor who’s part of the coaching staff, described the Lithuanian national youth team’s first half attack as “strong and spirited” after being criticized in the media for losing against Gilas in their first meeting.
“Strong and spirited start by LTu20. Good thing we managed to adjust and get the win. Still lots to improve on! Gotta keep on getting better!” he added in his own Twitter account @josh_reyes.
“They are pressured to win as their media criticized them for losing to us. They brought in their top guard.”
Gilas beat the same team on Tuesday via an 83-75 decision in a fitting bounce-back following its 86-89 loss to LSU-Baltai on Sunday evening.
The national team won its first two tune-up games against Klaipedos Neptunas (81-76), and followed it up with a 74-63 whipping of Birstono Jazz-Diremta.
Gilas wraps up its six-game, two-week camp in the Baltic City this weekend when it takes on LSU-Baltai.