MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravenna fell 22 points while Dwight Ramos caused a late race, but Gilas Pilipinas still lost to Korea 92-96 in an international friendly on Friday at the Anyang Gymnasium.
The men’s basketball team of the Philippines managed to get rid of the 66-83 deficit when Ramos stopped their late jump with a game of three points to reduce the lead to five, 82-87, with the remaining 1:49.
But Heo Ung stopped the bleeding with a triple clutch to give the Koreans 90-82 breaths before Choi Jun-yong and Heo Hong put the finishing touches to escape the Filipinos in the first of their two games on display.
Ravenna shot with four three-pointers and Ramos finished with 16 points.
In addition to the stars of the Japanese B. League, Renz Abando also made an impressive 11-point debut for Gilas, while UAAP champion Carl Tamayo of the University of the Philippines also scored 111.
Coach of the national team Nenad Vucinic also extracted quality minutes from Kevin Kiambao, RJ Abarrientos and Lebron Lopez.
Gilas Pilipinas had a good start, building a 12-point lead in the second quarter, 43-31, and maintaining a 10-point lead at halftime, 55-45.
However, the Koreans fell by 37 points in the third quarter, including a series of 23-3, to bring momentum to their side, playing in front of their enthusiastic fans.
Gilas is trying to return to another friendly against the Koreans on Saturday as part of preparations for the third window of the Asian qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup.
The Philippines played with a team of 10 people after a naturalized center Ange Kuame received a knee injury.
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