Gilas is defeated by Finland

Jun 30, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines – It was just another unsuccessful Gilas Pilipinas comeback. In spite of fielding a full roster, the Philippine team dropped its second consecutive exhibition game in its European training camp, this time to Finland, 89-85, late on Wednesday in Tallinn, Estonia.

With the help of Scottie Thompson, who was finally able to play after suffering from back spasms, and Justin Brownlee, a naturalized player, who was no longer hampered by cramping, the Gilas kept the Wolf Pack at bay for the majority of the game.

However, the Finnish tipped the scales in their favor by making 13 three-pointers that missed the mark and dominating the boards with 55 rebounds.

The setback occurred the day after Gilas also promised to begin its series of tune-up games against Estonia, defeating them 81 to 71.

With 15 points, Dwight Ramos led the squad for the second straight game. Brownlee, who was unable to finish the Estonia game due to cramping, contributed 11, while Thompson scored 10 points, including a three-pointer that determined the outcome.

Thompson’s late three-pointer brought Gilas’ three-point shooting total for the game to 5-of-14.

In addition to Jacob Grandison’s double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, Miro Little led Finland in scoring with 19 points, including the layup with 23 seconds left that gave the Wolf Pack the victory, 87 to 79.

Gilas scores at the end of the match

Philippines (85): Ramos (15), Brownlee (11), Thompson (10), Fajardo (10), Perez (8), Abando (8), T. Malonzo ( 5), Newsome (4,) Ravena (8), Aguilar (6) , and K. Erram: (0); Ravena: (0).

Game goes to Finland

Scores per quarter (Finland to PH)

26 to 11, 51 to 42, 69 to 59, and 89 to 85.

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