Gilas Pilipinas def. Changwon LG Sakers, 86-81 (VIDEO) September 22 | Tune-Up Game

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Gilas Pilipinas Men escaped past the Korean Basketball League's Changwon LG Sakers, 86-81 in their first and last tune-up game before departing for Hangzhou, China for the 2023 Asian Games on Friday, September 22 at the PhilSports Arena. [VIDEO]

Justin Brownlee led Gilas with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and a block in 35 minutes of play. June Mar Fajardo had a solid 16 points (5/7fg, 6/6ft), 1 rebound and 3 assists while Calvin Oftana with a double-double performance of 13 points (5/7fg, 1/1 3pts) to go along with 11 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Former NBA player Dante Cunningham led the Sakers in a losing effort, scoring 18 points (6/9fg, 2/2 3pt, 4/4ft) and contributing 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and a block. Another LG import, Egypt's Assem Marei, added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Gilas Pilipinas (World No. 38, Asia No. 8) will be back in action in the 16-team men's 5x5 basketball event of the 19th edition of the Asian Games. The Philippines is in Group C and will play Bahrain on September 26 (1:30pm), Thailand on September 28 (11:00am) and Jordan on September 30 (5:30pm) in the preliminary round. [Asian Games LIVE]

(to be updated..)

The Scores:

GILAS PILIPINAS 86 - Brownlee 19, Fajardo 16, Oftana 13, Thompson 11, Tolentino 9, Perez 8, Kouame 6, Alas 2, Aguilar 2, Ross 0, Newsome 0, Lassiter 0.

LG SAKERS 81 - Cunningham 18, Marei 13, Lim 11, Lee 9, Yun 8, G Lee 7, Yang 6, Jeong 6, AW Lee 3, Gutang 0, Jung 0, SH Lee DNP, Kim DNP.

Quarters: 20-19, 47-39, 68-67, 86-81. [VIDEO] | [STATS]

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