Adelaide splits tuneup series with Gilas Men after win in rematch

Daniel Johnson powered the 36ers to a win against Gilas Men. Adelaide 36ers (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Adelaide avenged its defeat against Gilas Pilipinas Men on Friday night with an 85-75 win in their rematch at the Meralco Gym on Sunday night.

The 36ers broke loose late in the first quarter, opening a 16-2 run within the last five minutes of the period to go up, 29-13.

The lead eventually swelled to as high as 21 points, 65-44, late in the third quarter.

Gilas Men still threatened in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead down to just seven points, 80-73, with two minutes left, but that was all they could inch closer.

Daniel Johnson made 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal for Adelaide, which notched a win in its Philippine tour after defeats to Gilas Men two nights ago and Ateneo the following afternoon.

Eric Griffin added 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

Andray Blatche led Gilas Men with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals.

In his first game back after a long FIBA suspension, Kiefer Ravena added 11 points, two rebounds, and one steal.

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