LA Slam 111 - Rockett 36, Reaves 20, Farmer 15, Milton 12, The Game 8, Stanhister 8, Marc 5, Flemino 4, Marcus 3
Smart Gilas 107 - Tiu 36, Barroca 17, Slaughter 14, Aguilar 12, Baracael 10, Ababou 9, Ramos 3, Cawaling 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Ballesteros 0, Jazul 0
Up against a taller and more athletic team, Smart Gilas struggled throughout much of the game. At one point they were even down by 18 points. But Greg Slaughter, Mac Baracael, and Mark Barroca held the fort for the nationals in the first half.
Come the second half, Chris Tiu put on a spectacular shooting exhibition nailing one three after another (he hit five in that stretch) to bring Smart Gilas back. With the home side now guarding Tiu more closely, Barroca passed off to an open Aldrech Ramos who hit a trey to tie the game at 107-all. But in a move reminiscent of Chris Webber's ill-fated timeout against Duke in the US NCAA Finals, Barroca called for time when Gilas had none. A technical foul gave momentum to the home team that held on for the win.
Smart Gilas even had a two-point lead prior to that but were unable to sustain their momentum as LA Slam wound up with a four-point win.
Marcio Lassiter sat out the game with a calf injury. I failed to mention that Jayvee Casio did not join the team because he is still recuperating from his MCL injury.