It was an opening day loss for our national team.
Gilas Pilipinas lost their first match of the 2017 William Jones Cup at the hands of Canada 3D Global Sports, 90-77, on Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan.
Kiefer Ravena led the team in scoring with 12 points along with five rebounds and three assists, followed by Ray Parks with 11 points and three steals.
For Canada, four players reached double-figures with Garret Williamson notching 15 points. The trio of Joey Haywood, Deigo Kapelan, and Michale Kyser chipped in with 12 points apiece.
It was a game stained with turnovers, errors, and sloppy play for the national squad. Gilas suffered a slow start because of their miscues, committing 16 turnovers in the first half alone as Canada had a 44-34 advantage at the break.
Things got much worse for the boys in blue in the third period. The erroneous play of the team continued as there was an absence of rhythm and flow on offense. The only saving grace from the quarter was when Matthew Wright started heating up. After going scoreless in the first two periods, the Fil-Canadian scored nine points including two three-pointers as he tried to shift the momentum for the Philippines.
Canada, however, had every counterpunch to every run by Gilas Pilipinas. Worse, there were times that it was Gilas themselves that caused their collapse. Lack of familiarity among teammates and the system proved to bother the young team. Before participating in the Jones Cup, Gilas only had three tune-up games. As head coach Chot Reyes as well as the players themselves said, the tournament will be a learning process aside from having a goal to win gold.
The lead ballooned to as much as 17 points in the final frame, 82-65, as Canada never looked back.
In the end, Gilas turned the ball over 22 times, committed 26 fouls, and went 7-for-22 from beyond the arc — a disappointing start for the team.
The Philippines has a chance to bounce back from their defeat by taking on the Chinese Taipei Team A Sunday. There are no semifinals and championship round in the Jones Cup, but the team with the most wins after the tournament will be the declared winner.
– Canada actually committed more turnovers than the Philippines, 23-22. However, they shot much better from the field, hitting 52 percent from the two-point range.
– From the 17-man line-up of Gilas Pilipinas, only Almond Vosotros, Fonso Gotladera, Ed Daquioag, Von Pessumal, and Mike Tolomia were inactive for Saturday’s game.
– Aside from Ravena and Parks, the only other player who reached double-digits was Carl Bryan Cruz who put up 10 points.
July 15 (Sunday) 7PM vs. Chinese Taipei A