Jones Cup: Wright, Myers steer Gilas to second straight victory

July 17, 2017

by: JC Ansis

Matthew Wright. (Photo by Jutt Sulit)
Matthew Wright. (Photo by Jutt Sulit)


Gilas recorded their second win of the 39th William Jones Cup after holding off Chinese Taipei B (White), 93-82, on Monday in Taiwan.

Matthew Wright led all scorers with 21 points, making 5-of-9 from downtown, while Mike Myers had his best game so far in the tournament with a double-double effort of 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The win comes less than 24 hours after Gilas upended Chinese Taipei Blue, 88-72, in a hard-fought game, and as such Gilas looked sluggish to start the game, committing a bunch of errors. Chinese Taipei capitalized on the miscues to score easy baskets in transition and take a narrow 20-18 lead after the first quarter. The national team, however, found their rhythm in the second frame and took a three-point edge, 30-27, after a layup from Kiefer Ravena.

Back-to-back triples from Ren-Hao Liu and Tsung-Han Huang put Chinese Taipei B back on top by three. A putback from Myers tied the score at 35-all, but Guan-Quan Chen answered on the other end to push his team back up by two. Carl Bryan Cruz knocked down a three on the next play but Chinese Taipei quickly answered with a deuce. A Pogoy turnaround gave Gilas a 40-39 lead, 1:48 left in the period. Both teams exchanged baskets as the score was tied 44-all at halftime.

Pogoy was Gilas’ leading scorer at the break with nine points, while Wright and Myers chipped in eight markers each.

Gilas scored the first nine points of the second half to go up 53-44. Chinese Taipei B broke the drought with their own 7-0 run, trimming the lead to two, but Ravena spun in the lane for a layup to make it a four-point game, 55-51, under six minutes remaining in the third. After a split from Chen, Ferrer drained a corner three to extend Gilas’ lead to six.

After their opponents came within two, Gilas stretched it again to a nine-point lead after a Wright triple and a Standhardinger and-one. Chinese Taipei, however, scored a layup before the end of the third to trim the deficit to seven, 69-62.

The lead was cut down to one early in the fourth after back-to-back baskets from Chen but Wright made it 77-73 with a three-pointer from the right wing. A pair of free throws from Kyle Barone brought the lead down to two, but Standhardinger also made two from the stripe as Gilas remained in front, 79-75, 5:49 left in the game. An empty possession from Chinese Taipei led to a fastbreak layup from Wright, and a floater from Jio Jalalon extended Gilas’ lead to eight, 83-75, 4:31 remaining.

Barone hit a free throw before Jalalon made another layup as Gilas took an 85-76 advantage. After another freebie from Chinese Taipei, Pogoy knocked down a huge three to give the national team an 11-point cushion, 88-77, 2:07 remaining. The home team tried to make a late-game comeback but was unable to make shots as Gilas went on to take their second victory in three games.

Ying-Chun Chen paced Chinese Taipei B with 17 points.


Gilas Pilipinas (93) – Wright 21, Pogoy 15, Myers 14, Jalalon 13, Ravena 10, Ferrer 8, Standhardinger 6, Cruz 6, Daquioag 0, Paras 0, Pessumal 0, Vosotros 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 44-44, 69-62, 93-82


– Bobby Ray Parks, who suffered an ankle injury in the win against Chinese Taipei A, sat out on Monday and hopes to return to action as soon as possible. “I rolled it the other way so it feels kind of weird right now. The sensation goes all the way up to my shin. But I’ll try to be ready tomorrow,” Parks told Sports5. “I definitely want to redeem myself from the past couple of games. I want to do better and find that sense of rhythm.”

– Gilas had better percentages from the two-point area (52%) and from deep (39%) than their opponents. But they were dominated in the free throw department as Chinese Taipei made 81% (17/21) of their free throws, while Gilas only shot 59% (10/17).

– After a dismal debut against 3D Global Sports of Canada, Jio Jalalon put up big numbers with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.


Gilas vs. Japan – Tuesday, July 18 at 1PM

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