MANILA, Philippines – Kifar Ravenna dropped 22 points when Dwight Ramos gave birth to a late rally but the Giles Philippines still trailed Korea 92-96 in an international friendly match at the Anyang Gymnasium on Friday.
The Philippine men’s basketball team struggled to recover from a 6-73 deficit as Ramos took the lead with five, 82-87 to 1:49 left in their late three-point game.
But Hyo Wong stopped the bleeding with a clutch triple before the Koreans breathed 90-82.
Ravenna has four triple fires, with Ramos finishing with 16 points.
Along with the Japan B-League stars, Range Abando also made an impressive glass debut with 11 points, with UAAP champion Carl Tamayo of the University of the Philippines scoring 111.
National team coach Nenad Vusinic also drew quality minutes from Kevin Cuambao, RJ Abriantos and LeBron Lopez.
Giles Pilipinus made a good start, building a 12-point lead in the second quarter, 43-31, and maintaining a 10-point advantage in the half, 55-45.
The Koreans, however, dropped 37 points in the third quarter with a 23-3 lead to speed up the game in front of their overflowing fans.
Gilas tried to return to another friendly match with the Koreans on Saturday as part of preparations for the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.
The Philippines has played a roster of 10 players after a knee injury at the naturalized center Angie Kaum.
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