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Newbie Jordan Headings shines the brightest in Gilas’ OQT stint

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Gilas Pilipinas unearthed a significant new talent in six-foot-two Jordan Headings during the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and his efforts in Olympic Qualifying Tournament showed why he is a worthy selection.

Headings flaunted his shooting abilities when he scored team-high 16 points—highlighted by 6-of-10 from beyond the arc—in the Philippines’ blowout loss against Dominican Republic.

Against Serbia, the 25-year old made his presence felt with 13 points in a lost cause, with 12 of those coming from the rainbow country as well.

Despite back-to-back losses, Headings remains optimistic as he sees the experience as an opportunity to learn and showcase Filipino talent.

“Obviously our goal is to win games, but all in all, we wanted to compete and showed that we belong in the world stage,” the former PBA top pick said in an interview.

“None of us has experienced this high level of basketball yet, and obviously, we’ll take a lot of lessons with us,” he added.

“One thing about Filipinos is that we don’t get scared going up against anybody. Will play ball against anyone.”

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