Mon. May 27th, 2024
Jordan Clarkson Gilas vs Dominican Republic Fiba World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Clarkson shoots against the Dominican Republic in the Fiba World Cup at Philippine Arena. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

BOCAUE—With Jordan Clarkson fouling out late, Gilas Pilipinas sputtered against the Dominican Republic, 87-81, in its Fiba World Cup debut on Friday night.

Clarkson finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in the final 3:32 of the contest at Philippine Arena here.

June Mar Fajardo added 16 points and seven rebounds while Dwight Ramos had 13 points and six rebounds in the losing effort before a record 38,115 spectators.

Gilas Pilipinas vs Dominican Republic Jordan Clarkson Fiba World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas’ Jordan Clarkson during a game against Dominican Republic in the Fiba World Cup. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

Karl-Anthony Towns, to nobody’s surprise, led the way for the visitors, turning in a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Old tormentor Victor Liz chipped in 18 while Andres Feliz 12 more.

Gilas will have to nurse this heartbreak quickly as it battles 0-1 Angola this Sunday at the Big Dome for its group phase campaign.

The Caribbeans, meanwhile, will try to annex a second win against the Italians in the curtain raiser.

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