Gilas beats India, bags first win in Asian Games


INCHEON, South Korea: Smart Gilas Pilipinas defeated India, 85-76, to bag its first win in the basketball competition at the 2014 Asian Games held at the Hwaseong Sports Gymnasium here.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit had a double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds while Jeff Chan scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting clip in the three-point area.

“Our game plan was to pressure India. We wanted to take out No. 9 [Vishesh Bhriguvanshi] and No. 13 [Amjyot Singh] out of the game. I want to commend India for playing so well. We felt India is an emerging threat in Asia. We’re happy to come out with the [win]and hopefully we could get better,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes.

Gary David chipped in 13, June Mar Fajardo posted 12 and LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar added 10 each.

Team captain Amritpal Singh led India with 16 markers.

“They [Philippines] do a lot of things very well. They’re quick, they’re more athletic than us. They’re a great team,” India’s American mentor Scott William Flemming said.

The Filipinos are now 1-0 in Group E while India dropped to 0-1. Gilas Pilipinas will battle reigning FIBA Asia champion Iran on Thursday at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. in Manila).

Southeast Asian Games champion Daniel Parantac delivered the country’s first medal–a silver–in the wushu taolu competitions.
Parantac scored 9.68 to grab second place in the men’s tajiquan/taijijian behind gold medalist Chen Zhouli of China (9.78).
Nyein Chan Ko Ko of Myanmar pocketed the bronze medal (9.65).

“The events that we have a very good chance of winning medals have already started just like wushu and bowling. Boxing will start tomorrow [Wednesday]. It’s [Parantac’s silver medal] a good start and we’re hoping to win more medals in the coming days,” said Chef de Mission Ricardo Garcia, also the Philippine Sports Commission chairman.

In archery, Paul Marlon dela Cruz scored 701 points to place fourth in the men’s compound individual ranking round. Earl Benjamin Yap is in 19th (688), Ian Patrick Chipeco in 25th (684) and Jose Ferdinand Adriano in 30th (675). The ranking round determines the pairing of the participants in the knockout stage.

In the women’s compound individual ranking, Abbigail Tindugan is in 16th with 676, Amaya Cojuangco in 18th with 674 and Joann Tabanag in 24th with 668.

Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi fell short anew in the swimming competition at the Munhak Aquatic Center. She submitted one minute and 2.34 seconds to place ninth in the women’s 100m butterfly event.

Former world champion Biboy Rivera failed to defend his crown in the men’s singles of the bowling event after finishing 55th overall with a poor 1,158 pinfalls. Guangzhou Asian Games bronze medalist Frederick Ong was the best Filipino in the 103-man field, ending up 18th with 1,228. The other Filipino entries were No. 23 Enzo Hernandez (1,215), No. 48 Kenneth Chua (1,171), No. 54 Benshir Layoso (1,160) and No. 76 Jomar Jumapao (1,098).

Paddlers Edgar Ilas and Nestor Cordova hope to make a podium finish as they compete in the finals of the lightweight men’s double sculls today at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center.

The boxing team begins its gold-medal bid today at the Seonhak Stadium with Olympian Mark Barriga and world champion Josie Gabuco leading the charge along with veteran campaigners Wilfredo Lopez, Mario Fernandez, Charly Suarez, Dennis Galvan, Ian Clark Bautista and Nesthy Petecio.


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