Sloppy Gilas drops Jones Cup opener to Canada
Kiefer Ravena and Gilas Pilipinas are off to a rough start in the Jones Cup after dropping a sorry one to Canada.
Gilas Pilipinas looked really good for half a quarter.
That was it.
The Philippines dropped its opener in the 39th William Jones Cup in Taipei, losing a sorry 77-90 decision to Canada Saturday at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.
After a slow start, Gilas recovered well enough to take a slim 20-19 lead after the first quarter.
However, things fell apart in the second as turnovers and fouls doomed the national team allowing the Canadians to pull away and open up a 10-point lead at the break, 44-34.
Gilas tried to fight back in the second half but even a mini explosion from Fil-Canadian gunner Matthew Wright wasn't enough to overcome the opposition as the Philippines never broke the eight-point barrier.
Canada, represented in the Jones Cup by 3d Global Sports, got 15 points from Garret Williamson.
Joey Haywood, Deigo Kapelan, and Michael Kyser each scored 12 points for the Great White North.
Giving up 26 fouls and turning the ball over 22 times, Gilas never got its offense flowing as this particular version of the national team played its first official game as a group.
Kiefer Ravena came off the bench to lead the Philippines with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Ray Parks was good for 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Carl Bryan Cruz was the other Filipino in double figures after finishing with 10 in a starting role.
Gilas Pilipinas will take on Chinese-Taipei A next on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
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