The Pilipinas Beton team came from behind to win 94-89 over Qavana Balkan. Qavana Balkan kept Pilipinas at bay for most of the game with their unpredictable ball rotation. Pilipinas was not able to counter Qavana Balkan’s offensive prowess as they rotated the ball in looking for the open shot. The deadly perimeter shooting of Andrija Stojancev made it even harder for Pilipinas to lock down the defense as they had to stretch out to cover Qavana Balkan’s shooters.
In the third quarter, Pilipinas Beton’s woes continued as they saw Qavana Balkan’s lead reach double digits as Adam Rickwood leads his team in the offensive end. Pilipinas barely closed the gap to single digit before the start of the fourth. It was then where Filipino veteran, Rodel Mallari asserted his advantage in the paint as they saw Qavana Balkan starting to feel the fatigue. This enabled Pilipinas to slowly crawl Qavana Balkan’s back with now only Miroslav Dobricanin carrying the scoring load. With 3 minutes remaining and Qavana leading by 4, Pilipinas Beton’s Niño Gelig launched back to back treys to grab the lead. A short stab by Albin Pjanic returned the favor to Qavana but Gelig unleashed another dagger three to up their lead to two as Qavana lose steam in the final minutes, committing fouls on the other end, sending Pilipinas Beton to the stripe to solidify their lead until the end. Rodel Mallari led Pilipinas with a double-double performance of 25 points and 10 rebounds along with a block. While Adam Rickwood paced Qavana with 22 markers.