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Gilas Pilipinas loses again to Jordan-A in knockout semifinals of King Abdullah Cup

Gilas Pilipinas fell short against Jordan-A for the second time in as many nights, 84-74, in Sunday morning's (Manila time) knockout semifinals of the King Abdullah Cup at the Prince Hamzah Sport Hall in Amman.

With the defeat, Gilas will be relegated to the evening's third-place match against Tunisia. Meanwhile, the hosts will play Egypt in the one-game finals, also late Sunday.

Gilas trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and fell short of completing the comeback, with Jordan hitting a couple of big shots down the stretch.

Gilas was able to whittle down the lead to 72-68 with 3:24 remaining. However, Sami Bzai's big triple from the left corner at the 3:03 mark curbed any potential comeback.

Save for an early lead and the late rally for the Filipinos, Jordan held a grip over the majority of the game. After a quick start by Gilas gave them an 8-2 advantage, the host country responded with 15 unanswered points.

Ultimately, the run stretched until the end of the quarter, as Jordan outscored the Filipinos through a 26-7 blitz for a 28-15 lead.

The Philippines was able to trim the lead to eight in the second quarter but could not come closer. Jordan remained in control of the matchup through halftime, 42-32.

By this point, Jordan already had three players scoring in double figures, including Ahmad Al Dwairi's 12 markers. He added seven points in the second half, bringing his point total to 19. Cameron Forte also had 19 for Jordan.

Jordan Heading started off the third quarter with consecutive triples to cut the lead to 46-40, but the opponent scored eight straight to pad the lead to 54-40, with 5:49 left.

The lead dwindled to six again, 55-49, after Thirdy Ravena darted for a fastbreak finish with 3:47 remaining. Jordan led entering the final quarter up seven, 63-56.

Ange Kouame led all scorers with a 20-point, six-rebound effort. He was the only player in double figures for Gilas.

THE SCORES

JORDAN (84) -- Al Dwairi 19, Forte 19, Mustafa 17, Abu Hawwas 14, Bzai 9, Alhamarsheh 3, Abbas 3, Abdeen 0, Hussein 0.

PHILIPPINES (74) -- Kouame 20, Heading 9, Ravena 8, Ildefonso 8, Ramos 6, Belangel 6, Tamayo 6, Baltazar 5, Go 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Suerte 0, Chiu 0.