Shooting woes doom Gilas Pilipinas in loss to rival Korea
Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2017 07:25 PM
Jio Jalalon was the only Gilas player to score from beyond the arc as the national team went 1 out of 26 against rival South Korea in the Jones Cup.
Gilas Pilipinas picked the worst time to put up bricks from beyond the arc.
The Philippines struggled mightily from deep Wednesday in the 39th William Jones Cup, surrendering a tough 72-83 decision to rival South Korea at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.
Gilas shot four percent from three-point range, making only one out of 26 attempts as the national team is now one game behind from the Jones Cup leaders in the team standings with four games left to play.
The Philippines dropped to 3-2 while South Korea improved to 4-1 after the latest chapter of this Asian basketball rivalry.
Despite struggling from the field, Gilas engaged the South Koreans in the first half, down by only five points.
However, the shooting woes finally caught up to the Filipinos in the second half as Korea openend up a 16-point lead in the third period.
Gilas made it a game in the fourth after a Mike Myers putback slam got the Philippines to within four, 69-73, with 2:11 to go.
However, Gilas got nothing from its offense from that point on as Korea cruised to victory.
Myers led Gilas with another double-double, finishing with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
Jio Jalalon, who made the country's only three-point field goal in the third quarter, added another 18 off the bench while Christian Standhardinger posted 16 also as a reserve.
Gilas Pilipinas will return to action on Thursday against Iraq.
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