Gilas Pilipinas suffered a 71-82 loss to Congo on Saturday morning (Philippine time) in a pocket tournament titled Torneo de Malaga at the Jose Martin Cardena in Spain.
Gilas routed Congo, 102-80, last Tuesday in a friendly game but was bested by the Congolese in the actual tournament.
The nine-man Filipino squad was leading 29-20 in the second quarter but the Congolese’s 10-1 run late in the fourth period earned them a hefty 76-61 lead. Congo did not relinquish the advantage until the final buzzer.
Former San Beda University standout Robert Bolick led the Filipinos with 21 points highlighted by three triples and six rebounds. Andray Blatche contributed 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, Rookie CJ Perez had 11 points and six rebounds while Paul Lee posted eight points for Gilas.
Gilas will face the loser between Spain and Ivory Coast today.
The games are part of Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup on August 31 to September 15 in China.