Gilas Pilipinas takes down Japan for third straight Jones Cup win

Paul Lintag on Jul 18, 2017 02:52 PM
Gilas Pilipinas takes down Japan for third straight win
For the second straight game, Gilas Pilipinas took three quarters before figuring out how to win convincingly in the final 10 minutes.

For the second straight game, Gilas Pilipinas got a strong challenge from a supposedly inferior team.

For the second straight game, Gilas Pilipinas took three quarters before figuring out how to win convincingly in the final 10 minutes.

The Philippine natinal team scored another victory in the 39th William Jones Cup, a 100-85 decision over Japan Tuesday at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.

Gilas improved to 3-1 in the annual Taiwan invitational following a third consecutive win.

With the young Japanese squad shooting lights out from deep, Gilas didn't take full control of the game until the fourth quarter when Matthew Wright went to work, pouring eight of his 15 total points, including a crucial five-point stretch that allowed the Philippines to pull away for good.

Christian Standhardinger registered his second impressive double-double of the Jones Cup, leading Gilas with 22 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. Import Mike Myers also had a big game, going for 17 points and 17 boards.

The Philippines struggled against Japan's shooters all game long, trailing at the half and only managing a 66-all deadlock after three quarters. The Japanese buried 12 triples compared to only five by Gilas.

However, similar to its victory over Taipei B just a day before, Gilas found momentum in the fourth to cruise to a 15-point victory.

Gilas Pilipinas will have archrival Korea next as the national team continues to chase tormentor Canada for the Jones Cup lead.

 

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