So far as no-bearing video games go, this one had stung fairly a bit.
Ask Scottie Thompson, who was apologetic for missed two essential free throws.
“I let quite a lot of Filipinos down tonight,” Thompson stated Monday evening.
Gilas Pilipinas rallied onerous within the second half after getting knocked round initially, however didn’t shut the deal in a 91-90 defeat to Jordan on the shut of each international locations’ Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup Asian qualifiers stint at Philippine Enviornment.
And people missed freebies by the reigning PBA Most Helpful Participant Thompson proved to be the downfall of the Filipinos, who’re already certified for the basketball showcase in August however are utilizing the qualifiers as a method to construct the very best squad for the World Cup.
And possibly be taught a couple of classes as properly.
“Regardless that we misplaced, we’re positively going to be taught loads from this,” stated Justin Brownlee. “I had quite a lot of pleasure taking part in with the blokes, for the flag and for the Philippines. It’s a life reminiscence.”
“I believe lacking these free throws was a great way to remind me that I nonetheless have to enhance,” Thompson, the Barangay Ginebra guard stated to be a cinch for a World Cup spot, stated. “We got here up quick and we might have gained had it not been for these missed free throws. I had fouls down the stretch, together with one which stunned us. I’ll be taught from this for certain.”
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Brownlee fired 41 factors, popping out sizzling after the halftime break to fireplace up the Filipinos in a blazing comeback that turned a large open sport right into a you-or-me affair down the stretch.
“You noticed the need, the power and the battle on this staff. Filipino basketball is about taking part in with coronary heart and giving all of it you’ve received and that’s what we did,” the naturalized participant stated on the heels of the loss that had the Philippines settling for a 6-4 win-loss card.
“Within the first half, I believe it’s simply our protection. You gotta give Jordan quite a lot of credit score. If we had been in a position to tighten our protection within the first half, the sport would’ve been totally different,” he added.
Jamie Malonzo added 11 for the Philippines.
‘We knew the issue’
Dar Tucker and Freddy Ibrahim joined arms in a blistering first half the place the Jordanians transformed half of their 24 makes an attempt from three-point land to go up by as many as 25 factors, 41-16.
“We got here right here, we knew that they beat us at house and we knew the issue and why they beat us,” Tucker stated. “I’ve received nothing however respect on each participant on that staff, however we simply concentrated extra and attempt to focus extra on taking pictures. And that’s what we did, we had been profitable at it.”
Unable to attract added power from a crowd visibly thinner than Friday’s attendance in opposition to Lebanon, the Filipinos dug inward as Brownlee and Malonzo narrowed the hole, just for the visiting Falcons flip to Zaid Abbas to stretch the result in 19 getting into the halftime break.
The Philippines recorded 17 triples of their win over Lebanon three nights in the past, however the sizzling taking pictures was on the opposite facet of the court docket within the first two quarters as Jordan drained 12 three-pointers earlier than heading to the locker room with a 60-41 lead.
After Thompson’s missed free throws with 31 seconds remaining and the sport pegged at its closing rely, the Philippines nonetheless had an opportunity to show the end result round. However Ray Parks Jr., whose onerous work on each ends of the ground within the second half aided the Gilas rally, missed the potential game-winner.
The Philippines’ subsequent huge event is the Southeast Asian Video games in Cambodia this Could the place the Filipinos hope to reclaim their lofty perch.
Jordan, which received a free experience to the principle event a couple of days in the past, additionally completed with a 6-4 report.
—WITH A REPORT FROM LANCE AGCAOILI
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