Korea retain Gilas again for friendlies sweep

HEO Ung scored five of Korea’s last seven points as they held off Gilas Pilipinas 106-102 in a friendly match at Anyang Gymnasium on Saturday.

Wonju DB Promy guard emptied the go-ahead before following it up with a tough layup to put the hosts up 104-100 with 1:31 remaining.

Dwight Ramos kept the Philippines in the thick of it with a dunk with 14.5 seconds left, but Kang Sang-jae froze the game at the free throw line with 8.3 ticks remaining.

Heo led Korea with 21 points on a 5-of-9 clip from range, alongside eight cents.

It’s a bit like a repeat of Friday’s 96-92 victory for Korea where they denied the Filipinos’ late rally.

This time, the Philippines overcame an 82-74 deficit heading into the fourth period and even took a 100-99 lead on a four-point play by Rhenz Abando with 2:41 on the clock.

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But that only paved the way for Heo’s heroics to sweep the two-game series.

Ramos played for Gilas with 31 points, including 10 in the payment period, to go with eight rebounds and three assists.

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Abando also impressed with his 19 points on a 4-for-6 clip from deep, alongside five boards and two under, RJ Abarrientos sank five treys for his 17 points and three rebounds, and Carl Tamayo had 12 points and six passes.

It was a solid performance from coach Nenad Vucinic’s boys, with the Filipinos delivering 31 assists in the game, showing promising signs ahead of the third window of the Fiba World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

Lebron Lopez, however, sprained his right ankle after a poor landing in the second quarter.

Ra Gun-A, also known as Ricardo Ratliffe, produced a double-double of 27 points, 18 rebounds and three assists, while Yeo Jun-seok had 17 points and six rebounds for Korea.

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The sheet music:

KOREA 106 — Ra 27, Heo U 21, Yeo 17, Lee DS 14, Choi 9, Kang 8, Heo H 5, Kim 5.

PHILIPPINES 102 — Ramos 31, Abando 19, Abarrientos 17, Tamayo 12, Belangel 7, Ravena 6, Navarro 4, Chiu 2, Quiambao 2, Lopez 2.

Quarters: 25-29, 47-53, 82-74, 106-102.

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