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Dwight Ramos leads Gilas Pilipinas past Jordan-B at King Abdullah Cup

Dwight Ramos led the hot-shooting Gilas Pilipinas in a 90-63 victory over Jordan-B in the 2021 King Abdullah Cup Wednesday at the Prince Hamzah Sport Hall in Amman, Jordan.

The 22-year-old Ramos fired all of his 21 points and seven triples in the first half and also tallied six assists, five steals and three turnovers for the Philippines, which went 16-for-36 against the host squad's Team B in the blowout win.

Justine Baltazar picked up where he left off from an impressive game against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and added 13 points and three 3s, and Jordan Heading chipped in 11 and three three-pointers as well off the bench.

Ramos started fast with 15 of Gilas' 25 points in the first quarter after hitting five shots from long range to open the game.

Jordan-B sliced the deficit to five early on, 25-20, but Gilas outscored Jordan-B 19-6 over the next six minutes to take a 44-26 lead as Baltazar joined the party with a three that widened the spread at the 2:30 mark. Him and Ramos accounted for all nine of Gilas' treys in the first half.

Jordan-B came within single digits early in the third quarter, but Gilas remained in control thanks to Heading, who sank three of his own from downtown to help the Nationals take a 74-49 lead entering the fourth.

Gilas kept pushing in the payoff period even with the game firmly out of reach and even took a 31-point lead with over three minutes left in the game.

The Philippines shot 50 percent from the field, handed out 24 assists as a team and won the battle on the boards (45-30) against Jordan, which managed to make only 40 percent from the field.

Carl Tamayo missed out on a double-double but finished with eight points and 10 rebounds off the bench, while Rey Suerte also scored eight and collected five rebounds and three assists with the second unit.

The game, however, won't be counted in the standings as the record of Jordan's Team B won't be counted in the five-nation, six-squad tourney. Gilas will hope to keep it rolling versus Tunisia on Thursday, July 30, at 12 a.m (Manila time). Only the top four teams will move on to the knockout semifinals, and only two teams from there will move on to the finals.

THE SCORES

PHILIPPINES 90 -- Ramos 21, Baltazar 13, Heading 11, Suerte 8, Tamayo 8, Kouame 7, Abarrientos 6, Chiu 4, Ildefonso 3, Mi. Nieto 3, Go 2, Belangel 2, Ma. Nieto 2, Navarro 0, Ravena 0.

JORDAN-B 63 -- Obeid 14, Hamati 10, Ahmad 7, Abuwazneh 7, Darwish 6, Ababoud 5, Hazaymeh 4, Khaled 3, Alsalah 3, Dajani 2, Abu Rashed 2, Barhoush 0, Ghneem 0. Quarters: 25-14, 46-33, 74-51, 90-63.