Gilas wins tune-up game vs. Congo ahead of FIBA World Cup

MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas Men impressed early into its training camp in Spain ahead of the FIBA World Cup, beating Congo, 102-80, in a friendly game in Guadalajara, Spain on Wednesday (Philippine Time).

Gilas Men got off to a good start, opening a 13-point lead against Congo, 32-19, at the end of the first quarter.

Although Congo would come to within nine at halftime, Gilas Men unleashed a 31-16 third quarter to pull away for good.

Andray Blatche made 25 points, while Japeth Aguilar added 22 and Mark Barroca came up with 16 for Gilas Men.

Both teams are in Spain for a pocket tournament later in the week that will also see FIBA worlds-bound Ivory Coast and Spain joining.

Gilas Men will play Ivory Coast in another tune-up game before facing Congo anew in the pocket tournament. (PNA)