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    Dynamic duo lead PH Youth to quarterfinals

    Aug 21, 2012
    Rodolfo Alejandro forces his way through heavy traffic in the paint.

    REY NAMBATAC and Jerie Pingoy converted crucial baskets in the end game as the Philippines repulsed erstwhile undefeated Chinese Taipei, 88-83, on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round of the Fiba-Asia Under-18 Championships in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.

    Nambatac’s go-ahead putback after a missed three-pointer by Pingoy with one minute and 11 seconds left gave Energen-Pilipinas an 83-82 lead.

    Then, Pingoy nailed a three-point play to widen the gap to four points with 46 seconds left, 86-82.

    After what national coach Olsen Racela described as the most important game of the second round, the Filipino cagers improved their win-loss record to 3-1 against Group F teams, tying Chinese Taipei in the standings.

    The Filipino cagers have actually won four games in the tournament which include the victory over the already-eliminated Kazakhstan in the preliminaries.

    Pingoy led the Nationals with 25 points while J-Jay Alejandro added 22 points behind a 3-of-6 clip from three-point range to go with nine rebounds. Nambatac had 10 points.

    Energen-Pilipinas scored the final 12 points of the second quarter for a 43-34 halftime lead.

    The Nationals took a 52-46 lead but Chinese Taipei was able to wrest the advantage, 63-64, entering the fourth quarter.

    Lin Kuan-chun converted two free throws for an 80-77 lead with 2:51 remaining in the fourth but Javelosa pulled the Nationals back within one point.

    The Philippines wrap up its second-round campaign against Bahrain on Wednesday.

    The scores:

    PHILIPPINES (88) – Pingoy 25, Alejandro 22, Nambatac 10, Javelosa 6, Suarez 6, Cani 5, Olayon 5, Rivero 5, Babilonia 2, Porter 2, Lao 0.

    CHINESE TAIPEI (83) – Lin 25, Li 16, Fan 16, H.H. Huang 9, Chiu 6, Lee 6, Wu 3, Lu 2, T.H. Huang 0, Cheng 0, Chin 0.

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    Quarterscores: 17-14; 43-34; 63-64; 88-83.

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