Gilas Pilipinas gets back on track after downing pesky Iraq

Paul Lintag on Jul 20, 2017 07:14 PM
Gilas gets back on track after downing pesky Iraq
After making only one trey for four percent shooting from beyond the arc against the Koreans, Gilas buried seven triples vs. Iraq for a respectable 33 percent shooting percentage.

Following a terrible shooting display against South Korea, Gilas Pilipinas sort of regained its form from the outside to get right back on track in the 39th William Jones Cup.

Despite engaging in a physical affair, the Philippines had more than enough to beat pesky Iraq, 84-75, Thursday at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.

After making only one trey for four percent shooting from beyond the arc against the Koreans, Gilas buried seven triples vs. Iraq for a respectable 33 percent shooting percentage.

However, the biggest development for the Philippine national team was its defense as Gilas held the Iraqis to only three points in the second quarter taking control of the game for good.

After a slow first quarter, the national team outscored Iraq 21-3 in the second to take a 14-point lead at the break.

Behind import Demario Mayfield, Iraq would have a better performance in the second half but Gilas matched everything, at one point even taking an 18-point lead before settling for a nine-point win and a 4-2 overall record.

Mike Myers dropped another double-double, going for 16 points and 18 rebounds while Kiefer Ravena added 13 and six assists.

RR Pogoy scored 12 while Gilas had 10 points apiece from Carl Bryan Cruz and Jio Jalalon.

The Philippine will take on Lithuania next on Friday in another crucial matchup.

 

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