Gilas Pilipinas has young Japan up next in the Jones Cup

Paul Lintag on Jul 18, 2017 09:44 AM
Gilas Pilipinas has young Japan up next in the Jones Cup
An uneven performance against Taipei B kept Gilas from registering a dominant performance and the nationals hope to regain their bearings against Japan that has no wins to show so far.

Gilas Pilipinas took care of hosts Taipei to get its first pair of wins in the 39th William Jones Cup, now the national team sets its sights in taking on a young Japan squad looking for a third win in a row.

After beating Taipei A and Taipei B by a combined 27 points, Gilas Pilipinas will have a Japanese crew with an average age of 22 years old up next for day 4 on the nine-day joust.

An uneven performance against Taipei B kept Gilas from registering a dominant performance and the nationals hope to regain their bearings against Japan that has no wins to show so far.

Matthew Wright has been sensational for the Philippines so far, leading the team in scoring all while being his usual efficient self from beyond the arc.

Kiefer Ravena has also been effective as the team's main point guard, being the stabilizing force of the Gilas offense that can sometimes run out of control.

After a signature performance against Taipei A, Christian Standhardinger played rather pedestrian against Taipei B but fortunately, import Mike Myers finally picked up some slack, going for a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double.

As it is, Gilas still trails tormentor Canada in the team standings but a victory over the very raw Japanese crew could allow the national team to shift into higher gear as the schedule gets a little harder in Taiwan.

Gametime between the Philippines and Japan is set for 1:00 p.m.

 

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