Gilas Pilipinas displayed a strong start but eventually lost to Lithuania 80-91 on Friday in the 39th William Jones Cup men’s basketball tournament at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium in Taiwan.
Coming off an 84-75 win over Iraq last Thursday, the Filipinos struggled against the taller and quicker Lithuanian en route to their third defeat in seven games for a 4-3 win-loss record. Lithuania’s improved to 6-1 after the victory.
Kiefer Ravena scored 14 points and five assists, while the 6’8 import Mike Myers had 14 points and seven rebounds for Gilas. Roger Pogoy and Matthew Wright added 13 points apiece, while Carl Bryan Cruz contributed 10 points.
The 6’6 Eigirdas Zukauskas led Lithuania with 22 points and seven assists.
The Philippines will face India next on Saturday at 1 p.m.