Pilipinas wallops pesky Senegal, 81-79 OT

25 AUG 2014
Sevilla, Spain
 
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Team Gilas Pilipinas finally posted a needed win, and decimates African power Senegal in a hardfought 81-79 overtime victory. Andray Blatche led the Philippine squad with 18 points before fouling out in the final quarter. Jimmy “Mighty Mouse” Alapag, the heart and Soul of RP Five, and Junmar “The Kraken” Fajardo kept the Filipino boat afloat with 18 and 15 markers apiece. Shooting phenom Mouhammad Faye meanwhile paced the Senegalese effort with 20 points.

Argentina dodges bullish Pilipinas, 85-81

25 AUG 2014
Sevilla, Spain
 
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Argentina escaped by a hair’s breadth the herculean Team Gilas Pilipinas with an 85-81 heart-stopping victory. Bigman Luis Scola carried the flag for the World Number 3 with 19 points, while Filipino Jimmy “Mighty Mouse” Alapag nearly dashed the South American hopes with 5 consecutive treys in the fourth quarter. Alapag finished with 15 markers all off rainbow shots, while veteran Ranidel “RDO” Ocampo led RP Five with 18 points. Gabe “Mr. President” Norwood also dazzled the contest with two thunderous highlight dunks, one off a poster opposite Luis Scola and another left flush against Marcos Mata.

Greece stuns dangerous Pilipinas, 82-70

25 AUG 2014
Sevilla, Spain
 
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World Number 5 Greece dodges the Gilas Pilipinas bullet with a comfortable 82-70 victory in the preliminaries of FIBA World Cup 2014. Georgios Printezis powered Hellas with 25 points while Andre Blatche posted 21 points and 14 boards. Junmar “The Kraken” Fajardo also contributed 10 markers and 6 caroms in an efficient 10 minutes of gametime.

Crotia evades mighty Pilipinas scare, 81-78 OT

25 AUG 2014
Sevilla, Spain
 
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Team Gilas Pilipinas failed to overcome the Croatian juggernaut in the FIBA World Cup 2014 opener with a stunning 78-81 overtime upset. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Croats with 26 markers, while Andre Blatche and Jeffrei “Negros Sniper” Chan dropped 28 and 17 points apiece.

Puerto Rico escapes gallant Pilipinas, 77-73

25 AUG 2014
Sevilla, Spain
 
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Puerto Rico fought tooth and nail against a game Team Gilas Pilipinas 77-73 and effectively ended the bid of the Philippines to enter the second round in FIBA World Cup 2014. JJ Barea ably led the Puerto Ricans with an explosive 30 points opposite the Asian powerhouse in Seville. Andray Blacthe and LA “El Tinyente” Tenorio paced RP Five with 23 and 18 markers apiece.