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Gilas Pilipinas Subdues Iran Anew, Wraps Up China Tournament On Winning Streak

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Gilas Pilipinas concluded its participation in the Heyuan WUS International Basketball Tournament on a triumphant note, securing a resounding 63-48 victory against Iran in the tournament finale on Monday, August 7. The win propelled the Philippine national team to a 3-1 record in the pocket tournament, tied with Senegal for the top spot.

The game’s climax was marked by an electrifying 12-0 scoring spree orchestrated by the Philippines, culminating in a game-changing three-pointer from the seasoned Kiefer Ravena. Ravena’s clutch performance shattered Iran’s hopes of a late comeback and solidified Gilas Pilipinas’ grip on the lead. His quick succession of pivotal plays, accomplished within just one minute, propelled the Filipinos’ advantage from a slim 51-47 to a comfortable 59-47.

Ravena’s heroics began with a precision three-pointer at the 3:05 mark of the fourth quarter, extending Gilas’ lead to a three-possession margin at 54-47. Displaying his versatility, he followed it up by expertly assisting Ray Parks in nailing a long two-pointer. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Ravena orchestrated the play that sealed the victory – a well-timed pass to Dwight Ramos, who capitalized on the opportunity and delivered a long bomb from beyond the arc.

Despite the absence of key players like Jordan Clarkson, Kai Sotto, and Scottie Thompson, Gilas Pilipinas exhibited remarkable teamwork and determination. Ramos emerged as a standout performer, achieving a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Joining him in the double-double club was Jamie Malonzo, who contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds. With his well-rounded performance of 9 points, six rebounds, and six assists, Ravena exemplified his pivotal role on both ends of the court.

AJ Edu, who previously led the charge in the team’s victory over Senegal, continued to make a strong impact with eight points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. The Philippines’ journey in the Heyuan WUS International Basketball Tournament showcased their mettle, culminating in a successful 3-1 record and a shared first place with Senegal.

While Gilas Pilipinas tasted defeat at the hands of Senegal, the team’s bounce-back spirit was evident as they claimed triumph over Iran earlier in the tournament. The initial encounter against Iran had set the tone for the team’s performance, building momentum that carried them through the challenging matches.

As the tournament concluded, Gilas Pilipinas looks ahead to the upcoming FIBA World Cup with renewed confidence and determination. The team’s remarkable display of unity, even in the absence of some star players, bodes well for their preparations and prospects in the highly anticipated international competition. The national team’s journey is a testament to their resilience, adaptability, and commitment to representing the Philippines on the global basketball stage.

With their heads held high, Gilas Pilipinas is poised to return to Manila on Tuesday, August 8, where they will continue their preparations, now reinforced by the return of naturalized player Jordan Clarkson. The national team’s journey inspires basketball enthusiasts and the Filipino nation, uniting under the banner of sportsmanship and national pride.

Gilas Pilipinas concluded its participation in the Heyuan WUS International Basketball Tournament on a triumphant note, securing a resounding 63-48 victory against Iran in the tournament finale on Monday, August 7. The win propelled the Philippine national team to a 3-1 record in the pocket tournament, tied with Senegal for the top spot.

The game’s climax was marked by an electrifying 12-0 scoring spree orchestrated by the Philippines, culminating in a game-changing three-pointer from the seasoned Kiefer Ravena. Ravena’s clutch performance shattered Iran’s hopes of a late comeback and solidified Gilas Pilipinas’ grip on the lead. His quick succession of pivotal plays, accomplished within just one minute, propelled the Filipinos’ advantage from a slim 51-47 to a comfortable 59-47.

Ravena’s heroics began with a precision three-pointer at the 3:05 mark of the fourth quarter, extending Gilas’ lead to a three-possession margin at 54-47. Displaying his versatility, he followed it up by expertly assisting Ray Parks in nailing a long two-pointer. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Ravena orchestrated the play that sealed the victory – a well-timed pass to Dwight Ramos, who capitalized on the opportunity and delivered a long bomb from beyond the arc.

Despite the absence of key players like Jordan Clarkson, Kai Sotto, and Scottie Thompson, Gilas Pilipinas exhibited remarkable teamwork and determination. Ramos emerged as a standout performer, achieving a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Joining him in the double-double club was Jamie Malonzo, who contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds. With his well-rounded performance of 9 points, six rebounds, and six assists, Ravena exemplified his pivotal role on both ends of the court.

AJ Edu, who previously led the charge in the team’s victory over Senegal, continued to make a strong impact with eight points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. The Philippines’ journey in the Heyuan WUS International Basketball Tournament showcased their mettle, culminating in a successful 3-1 record and a shared first place with Senegal.

While Gilas Pilipinas tasted defeat at the hands of Senegal, the team’s bounce-back spirit was evident as they claimed triumph over Iran earlier in the tournament. The initial encounter against Iran had set the tone for the team’s performance, building momentum that carried them through the challenging matches.

As the tournament concluded, Gilas Pilipinas looks ahead to the upcoming FIBA World Cup with renewed confidence and determination. The team’s remarkable display of unity, even in the absence of some star players, bodes well for their preparations and prospects in the highly anticipated international competition. The national team’s journey is a testament to their resilience, adaptability, and commitment to representing the Philippines on the global basketball stage.

With their heads held high, Gilas Pilipinas is poised to return to Manila on Tuesday, August 8, where they will continue their preparations, now reinforced by the return of naturalized player Jordan Clarkson. The national team’s journey inspires basketball enthusiasts and the Filipino nation, uniting under the banner of sportsmanship and national pride.

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