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    Pinoys beat Lebanese, face Chinese Taipei in battle for fifth place

    Aug 25, 2012
    Mark Anthony Olayon of the Philippines engages Lebanon's Jean Assi in an aerial battle. ulaanbaatar2012.fibaasia.net

    THE PHILIPPINES will play Chinese Taipei for fifth place after Energen-Pilipinas defeated Lebanon 80-69 Saturday in the Fiba-Asia Under-18 Championships in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.

    Mario Bonleon scored 19 points in his return from an ankle injury while Rey Nambatac and J-Jay Alejandro had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

    The Energen-Pilipinas squad on Sunday will face a Chinese Taipei that it had defeated in the second round, 88-83.

    The Filipino youth cagers outscored the Lebanese, 20-12, in the third period to wrest the lead for good.

    The Taiwanese thumped Saudi Arabia, 77-38, to advance to the battle-for-fifth place.

    The scores:

    PHILIPPINES (80) – Bonleon 19, Nambatac 12, Alejandro 10, Suarez 9, Babilonia 8, Pingoy 8, Rivero 8, Porter 4, Cani 2, Olayon 0, Lao 0.

    LEBANON (69) – Salem 18, Hadidian 15, Arakji 14, Mezher 8, El Ali 5, Assi 3, Nemer 3, Chamoun 2, Al Agha 1, Choueiry 0, Tabaja 0.

    Quarterscores: 22-21; 41-38; 61-50; 80-69.

     

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    Mark Anthony Olayon of the Philippines engages Lebanon's Jean Assi in an aerial battle. ulaanbaatar2012.fibaasia.net
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