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Gilas Men pull late rally to beat Adelaide in tuneup

Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Gilas Pilipinas Men banked on a endgame push to beat Adelaide, 92-83, in a tuneup game at the Meralco Gym in Pasig on Friday night.

Gilas Men went on a 10-0 run to overturn an 80-81 deficit before a Japeth Aguilar slam put the exclamation point to their comeback win.

Andray Blatche put up 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists for Gilas Men, which will face Adelaide again on Sunday night back at the Meralco Gym in what could be Kiefer Ravena's first game back after the FIBA-imposed ban on him.

Aguilar added 17 points and three rebounds, while CJ Perez, Paul Lee, and RR Pogoy each chipped in 10 markers.

Pogoy dropped eight of his 10 points in the crucial 10-0 rally.

Ramone Moore paced Adelaide with 16 points.

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