Gilas Pilipinas bounces back with blowout win over Lithuania in last Euro tuneup | Inquirer Sports

Gilas Pilipinas bounces back with blowout win over Lithuania in last Euro tuneup

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 07:50 PM July 08, 2023

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Gilas Pilipinas vs Lithuania Universiade team in a tune-up game. –SBP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas bounced back big time on Saturday, blowing out a young Lithuania side, 125-102, in Lithuania.

Gilas banked on a strong second half effort behind Justin Brownlee to redeem itself from a 90-80 loss to a different Lithuania team on Wedneday.

Brownlee scored 15 of his 24 points in the last two quarters including 11 in the pivotal third where Gilas outscored Lithuania, 27-10, to turn a two-point deficit into a 98-73 lead.

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Clicking on both ends, Gilas led by as many as 30 points.

June Mar Fajardo set the tone with 18 of his game-high 28 coming in the first half.

Fajardo was a handful for Lithuania, missing only two of his nine attempts from the field and going 14-of-15 from the free throw line.

Kiefer Ravena also put up solid numbers with 18 points, highlighted by three triples, and six rebounds.

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Gilas found its mark from the outside this time, hitting 12-of-25 from deep after a cold 7-of-23 clip in the first encounter.

The game was Gilas’ sixth and last tune-up match against European sides since holding camp in Europe as part of its buildup for the upcoming Fiba World Cup. The Nationals went 3-3 in the scrimmages.

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