Gilas Pilipinas notched an impressive 88-72 win over Chinese Taipei Blue to register its first victory in the 39th William Jones Cup in Taiwan on Sunday evening.
The national team, who bounced back from their opening loss against Canada, got massive contributions from Matthew Wright, Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena.
Wright set the tone early for Gilas with his three-point shooting and finished with 17 points, including four triples. Standhardinger, who displayed an all-around effort for Gilas on both ends of the floor, had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Ravena, meanwhile, scored the bulk of the team’s points in the fourth period and ended with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
It was close at the start of the game with Gilas just taking a one-point lead at the end of the first period, 23-22. But Gilas went on a 10-3 run, capped by three free throws from Matthew Wright, to start the next frame to establish an eight-point advantage.
A triple from Cheng Lui cut it to five, but Kevin Ferrer answered with a three-pointer of his own to give Gilas a 36-28 lead. After a baseline jumper from Wright made it a 10-point game, Chinese Taipei went on a rally to tie the game at 40-all on a layup by Yi-Hsiang Chou. Mike Tolomia restored order with back-to-back baskets, part of another 7-0 spurt, as Gilas took entered halftime with a 47-40 advantage.
A triple from Zheng-Ru Lu closed the gap to seven, 55-48, early in the third quarter. But Wright, who was the leading scorer in the first half, knocked one down from downtown to push Gilas’ lead to 11, 64-53, 3:12 left in the period. Po-Hsun Chou converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to six, but Christian Standhardinger had a three-point play of his own as Gilas went up 67-58.
The national team could’ve gone up by 11 had they made their free throws in the latter part of the third. Instead Chinese Taipei made a three-pointer to make it 67-61 in the closing seconds.
Standhardinger made a layup and Pogoy hit a triple to push Gilas ahead by 11 points, 74-63, 6:45 remaining in the game. Myers made a split from the line to extend the lead to a dozen, but Chinese Taipei scored four straight points to cut it to single digits, 75-67.
Gilas countered with a 9-2 blast, behind the efforts of Kiefer Ravena and Standhardinger, to create a 15-point cushion, 84-69, 2:23 left on the clock. Chinese Taipei had chances to salvage the game but Myers put the nail in the coffin with a layup from Ravena to make it a 17-point lead.
Gilas Pilipinas (88) – Wright 17, Standhardinger 17, Ravena 15, Pogoy 10, Myers 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 5, Tolomia 4, Jalalon 3, Parks 2, Belo 0, Paras 0.
Quarters: 23-22. 47-40, 67-61, 88-72
– After sitting out the game against Canada, Mike Tolomia was inserted into the lineup to replace Raymar Jose in Sunday’s matchup. Tolomia scored four points in four minutes of action in his Jones Cup debut.
– One reason why Gilas held a 47-40 lead in the first half was because they took care of the ball. In their Jones Cup opener, the national team committed 16 turnovers, but against Chinese Taipei Blue they only turned the ball over three times in the first two quarters. The ended the game with 11 errors.
– Bobby Ray Parks sprained his ankle in the third period when he landed on an opponents’ foot on a rebound play. He had to be carried off the court and did not return.
— Jutt Sulit (@juttsulit) July 16, 2017
Gilas vs. Chinese Taipei White – Monday, July 17 at 3PM