Gilas drops tuneup game for FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers

Alex Cabagnot and Gilas fall to Jordan in the first of two tuneup games in preparation for the fifth window of the FIBA Asian World Cup qualifiers. KC Cruz/ESPN5

Jordan forward Zaid Abbas' hot 3-point shooting in the final period was enough to down Gilas Pilipinas 98-92 Monday night at the Meralco gym.

It was the first of two tuneup games.

The 34-year-old Abbas scored 10 of his 24 points in the final period, including a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to put Jordan up 94-85.

Mousa Al Awarin scored 18 and Amin Abu Hawwas added 14 points and both knocked down crucial baskets during the decisive run in the final period.

Christian Standhardinger led Gilas with 22 points, while Marcio Lassiter added 14.

Gilas fell behind early in the game, and seemed to be adjusting to the physical play of Jordan. Gilas trailed 25-13 during the first eight minutes of the opening period.

Yeng Guiao responded by fielding four San Miguel players -- Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Lassiter and Standhardinger - and the impact was immediate.

Gilas unleashed a 15-2 run that turned a 13-point deficit into a 28-25 lead.

But defensive lapses later allowed Jordan to take control.

"The good sign is, the chemistry I think is good, except that we just need a little bit more time," Guiao said. "We have about less than two weeks to go so I think that's enough time for us to be in competitive shape by the time we face Kazakhstan on November 30."

Ginebra's LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, and Scottie Thompson watched from the sidelines after participating in just one practice so far. Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee also sat out.

Kai Sotto and Ian Sangalang were not in attendance.

Gilas will play Jordan again Wednesday night as both national squads prepare for the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas then faces Lebanon in a pair of tune-up matches on Nov. 23 and 25.

Jordan and Lebanon are bunched at Group E. Both squads are in contention for one of seven berths allotted for Asia in next year's FIBA World Cup in China.

Lebanon is currently tied at second place with South Korea at 6-2 behind leader New Zealand at 7-1, while Jordan is running fourth at 5-3.