Angola def. Gilas Pilipinas, 80-70 (VIDEO) August 27 | FIBA World Cup 2023

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World No.40 Gilas Pilipinas Men (0-2) suffered their second defeat in the group phase of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Group A against Angola (1-1), 70-80 on Sunday, August 27th, in front of 12,784-crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. [VIDEO]

Angola was down by 7 after the first quarter, 12-19, but they mounted a strong comeback in the second quarter, outscoring Gilas by 24-14 and reclaiming the lead at halftime.

Five Angola players finished with double digits, while Jordan Clarkson was the only Gilas player to reach double digits. Gerson Goncalves led Angola with 17 points, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line, along with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and a block. Gerson Domingos finished with 15 points, 1 rebound, and a team-high 7 assists. Meanwhile, Atlanta Hawks big man Bruno Fernando added 14 points (6/11fg, 1/2 3pts, 1/1ft), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

Gilas Pilipinas will try to bounce back against the world No. 10 Italy (1-1) on Tuesday, August 29th, at 8:00pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. [LIVE].

The scores:

ANGOLA 80 - Goncalves 17, Domingos 15, Fernando 14, Bango 10, De Sousa 10, Dundao 4, Kokila 4, Francisco 3, Paulo 2, Monteiro 1, Maconda 0, Fernandes 0.

PHILIPPINES 70 - Clarkson 21, Edu 9, Sotto 8, Pogoy 8, Ramos 8, Perez 7, Fajardo 4, Ravena 3, Abando 2, Aguilar 0, Malonzo 0, Thompson 0.

Quarters: 12-19, 36-33, 56-52, 80-70. [GAME HIGHLIGHTS] | [GAME STATS]

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