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Gilas Pilipinas goes inside to subdue hot-shooting Thailand

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Gilas Pilipinas needed more than three full quarters to solve the riddle of Thailand and Tyler Lamb Thursday, going without a clue before finding the answer in the last six minutes for a runaway 87-72 victory in the 19th Asian Games at the Zhejiang University Zijingang Gymnasium.

Only after a 7-2 run late in the fourth, crammed in by a Justin Brownlee tip and a Japeth Aguilar putback, were the Nationals able to exhale and savor their hard-earned second win that put them on a direct collision with Jordan on Saturday, an outright spot in the quarterfinals at stake.

A loss there could complicate matters for the Philippines, with the path to the next round strewn with playoff roadblocks.

Jordan, powered by TNT Tropang Giga import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, routed Bahrain, 84-60, and stayed unbeaten as well in the preliminaries, setting up an all-important clash with Gilas on September 30, Saturday, at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center.

A 19-point late third quarter advantage for Gilas quickly evaporated in the heat of Thailand’s torrid shooting, and only the inside strength of its frontline saved the day for the cold-shooting Nationals.

Gilas head coach Tim Cone preferred to view the victory for its essence rather than its quality.

“We’re not here for pogi points,” said Cone. “We’re not here to try and win by 50 and impress everybody. No, we’re a team that came together quickly and our expectations are to win each game by one point. That’s it. If we win a game by one point, that’s all we care about.”

He added: “And it felt like a one-point win today.”

Brownlee, who has been playing hurt from a surgically-repaired foot that hasn’t fully healed, had 29 points but labored mightily the entire game to keep Gilas above water in the face of torrential three-point baskets from Thailand, specifically from Lamb and Frederick Lish, who poured 28 and 22 points respectively.

CJ Perez, a wrecking machine going to the heart of the defense, added 16 points for Gilas while June Mar Fajardo had 9, Calvin Oftana 8 and Scottie Thompson 7 points, including two free throws in the last 51.6 seconds that snuffed the life out of a last-ditch Thailand comeback 84-72.

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