Energen-PH five downs Lebanon five, eyes fifth | Inquirer Sports

Energen-PH five downs Lebanon five, eyes fifth

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 12:59 AM August 26, 2012

HOPING to achieve some measure of pride, the Energen Pilipinas under-18 team stayed in the running for fifth place after downing Lebanon, 80-69, in the 22nd Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship yesterday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Mario Bonleon, who sat out for three games due to an ankle injury, came back strong with a game-high 19 points to lead the young Nationals in the consolation round at Buyant-Ukhaa Arena.

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With the victory, the Philippines arranged a  duel for the fifth spot against Chinese Taipei today.

“I knew it was going to be a struggle against Lebanon coming from a loss in the quarters, but the boys played through it, ” said national youth coach Olsen Racela.

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The Philippines bid goodbye to its hopes of crashing into the Fiba Worlds after bowing to Korea, 90-77, in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

Korea joined defending champion China, Japan and Iran in the Final Four, where the top three finishers will represent Asia in the Fiba U-19 World Championship set in the Czech Republic next year.

The Filipinos aim to pull off another shock win over the Taiwanese to match the country’s fifth-place finish in the tournament’s last edition in 2010 in Sana’a, Yemen.

Early this week, the Philippines dealt Chinese Taipei its first loss in the tournament, 88-83, in the second round of action.

Rey Nambatac had 12 points for the Philippines, while skipper Jay Alejandro added 10 markers, four rebounds and six assists.

The scores:

PHILIPPINES 80–Bonleon 19, Nambatac 12, Alejandro 10, Suarez 9, Babilonia 8, Pingoy 8, Rivero 8, Porter 4, Cani 2, Lao 0.

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LEBANON 69–Salem 18, Hadidian 15, Arakji 14, Mezher 8, El Ali 5, Assi 3, Nemer 3, Chamoun 2, Al Agha 1, Choueiry 0, Tabaja 0.

Quarters: 22-21, 41-38, 61-50, 80-69.

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TAGS: 22nd Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship, Basketball, Energen Pilipinas, FIBA, FIBA Asia, Lebanon
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