April 7, 2014
The Gilas Pilipinas National Team dispatched the PBA All-Star selection with a final tally of 101-93 on Sunday evening. The exhibition game held at the MOA Arena was the final event ofthe 2014 PBA All Star weekend.
Adjudged MVP Gary David torched the opposition by scoring 15 points, including two baskets from rainbow country. Gilas mainstays Jeff Chan and Jayson Castro bolstered the backcourt-heavy attack of Gilas by contributing a total of 30 markers.
As the fourth quarter was set, the PBA All-Stars were faced with an 18 point deficit. Efforts from PJ Simon and Sonny Thoss trimmed the lead of Gilas to 11, 86-75. However, two trifectas from David sealed the win from Gilas as they maintained a double digit cushion up until the final buzzer.
It was only a nine-point lead entering the third period but the inside-outside combination of Chan and Marcus Douthit spelled the difference for the game. Chan made quick work of the PBA All-Star defense, draining treys and midrange jumpers. Douthit on the other hand exploited the interior defense of the All-Star bigs such as Greg Slaughter and Arwind Santos.
The first half saw an explosion from Ginebra wingman Chris Ellis as he anchored the offense of the All-Stars early. The Chot Reyes led squad, howeve,r countered with burly center Junemar Fajardo to regain the lead in the first quarter, 28-25.
By: Ralf Sunga of TheSportsPanel
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