Smart Gilas Pilipinas scores repeat over 20-U Lithuanians



MANILA, Philippines — Smart Gilas Pilipinas pulled off a repeat triumph over the 20-and-under Lithuanian national team, 88-84, on Thursday night (Manila time) in a “physically intense match,” its head coach said.

The Philippine team still got the better of the young and tall Lithuanians, which it beat last Wednesday 83-75, as part of its two-week camp.

But this time, Smart Gilas took care of the leather better and managed to limit its turnovers to just seven, according to national team mentor Chot Reyes in a tweet.

Marc Pingris sat out due to a strained shoulder.

The Lithuanians came out “strong and spirited,” said assistant Josh Reyes, as they were hard pressed to score one against the Filipinos.

“They are pressured to win as their media criticized them for losing to us. They brought in their top guard,” said the younger Reyes.

The Philippine team totes 4-1 slate thus far with a few more days left in Lithuania.

“Instead of one, we’re playing two more games to simulate the three straight game schedule of FIBA,” said Chot.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled to play anew on Friday versus Baltai, then on Saturday against Bistrono.

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  • INQ_reader

    I looked at the FIBA Asia website. There is still no selling of tickets. It’s unlike football World Cup wherein tickets are completedly sold 6 months before the event.

    • captain barbell

      in my opinion, you can’t compare basketball (FIBA) to football world cup in terms of attendance and selling tickets in advance like “cup cake”, the latter is highly regarded as no.1 sport in the world and each team has supported by its fans willing to travel around the world while basketball is either no. 3 or 4 spot in sports history and the fans back home hesitate to travel just to support their team. I don’t think Arab nationals are willing to come and watch basketball in the Philippines just to cheer their team but when you say football world cup they are dying for it. I am avid fan of basketball but I had conceded that my beloved sport is way behind other sports like cricket and tennis.

      • ernievictory

        basketball behind cricket and tennis ?? ha ha ha .no way,jose. i bet the chinese never even heard of cricket while tennis is not as popular since the days of mc enroe,borg etc. more people play basketball as a sport except football !

      • captain barbell

        that’s what you think dude! there was a clamor that Cricket sport will include in Olympics that’s why chinks are training for cricket in case it might be happened. If you are traveling abroad and have a chance to meet these people, you may ask Britons, Aussies, Kiwis, South Africans, Indians, Canadians and South Asians, some part of Caribbean countries and some European countries are playing cricket, how they rate basketball. Look at the tennis courts where big time tennis tournament are being held whole year round it fills with thousands of fans, also look at the cricket courts/stadiums to the countries of these nationalities I had mentioned, how many Indians are dying for cricket , 1.2billion people. How about basketball? I think it’s only fraction of cricket crazed fans are hooked into basketball except Americans and Filipinos

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