Gilas posts second straight win

Gilas Pilipinas made only three of 20 attempts from the three-point arc, but still found a way to win against Birstono Jazz-Diremtan, 74-63, Friday night at the Svyturio Arena in Klaipeda Region, Palangan, Lithuania.

Naturalized center Marcus Douthit led the national team with 18 points while Gabe Norwood contributed 13 and Gary David added seven. Rookie Jayson Castro finished with seven points.
In his Twitter account @coachot, Reyes posted: "Come from behind W again. Shot only 3/20 3s, but found ways to stay in the game. Still a lot of work to do..."

The national team, in Lithuania for its two-week training in preparation for the Aug. 1 to 11 FIBA-Asia Championship here, actually trailed 30-36 at the half, but used its quickness in the fourth period where it outscored the Lithuanians, 27-11.

It was a fitting follow up to the national team's thrilling 81-76 triumph against Neptunas Klaipeda basketball club - the fourth-ranked team in the Lithuania Basketball League (LBL) - Thursday at the Vakaru Laivu Gamykla BLRT Grupp gymnasium.

Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes posted on his own Twitter account @josh_reyes that Gilas Pilipinas had "a hard time vs their (Birstono Jazz-Diremtan) very big and skilled post players."
The son for coach Chot Reyes added: "Great comeback! Shot poorly today but adjusted and got them w/ our speed. Our (guys) just kept on fighting."

It was the second of six games for Gilas Pilipinas versus the top professional teams in various leagues in Lithuania and the 20-under national team. They are also training in the morning under former Lithuania national team Kestutis Kemzura.

Gilas Pilipinas takes on Kaunas LSU-Baltai on Sunday, 7 p.m. also at the Svyturio Arena.

The national team, through Reyes, picked Group A as the host 'luxury' of the FIBA-Asia Championship with Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia, and will play the top three teams of Group B in the second round - Group E - possibly Japan, Qatar and Lebanon.


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