The Smart Gilas team proved to be better than their opponents after they got their 3rd straight victory versus the Korean Nationals 82-79.
Thanks to Gary David, he delivered what was expected of him, to score, score and score an that what he did in the nick of time. "The play was not really designed for me but I saw an opening an took it."
The team learned and joined the nation in mourning for Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Jesse Robredo after his body was found inside the crashed plane that he was riding on last Saturday. "We were able to talk about it and decided to dedicate this game for him and have our countrymen something to be proud of" added Coach Chot Reyes.
Jeff Chan who led the Philippines with 14pts and also nailed 4 triples in the course of the action. The Philippine Nationals also got a balanced scoring with David having 13pts., Douthit 11pts, and Norwood with 10pts.
The Koreans was lead by Patillo with 19pts and Jung with 14pts.
SMART GILAS-PILIPINAS 82—Chan 14, David 13, Douthit 11, Norwood 10, Mercado 9, Fonacier 7, Tenorio 5, De Ocampo 4, Thoss 4, Lanete 3, Ganuelas 2, Villanueva 0.
KOREA 79—Pattillo 19, Jung 14, Stutz 11, Choi 10, Kim 9, Yang 8, Lee 6, Kim 2, Cha 0, Kwang 0.
Quarters: 24-17, 42-40, 65-71, 82-79