Gilas Pilipinas bounced back from an opening setback by crushing Taiwan A (Blue), 88-72, on Sunday for its first win in the 39th William Jones Cup men’s basketball tournament at the Taipei Haping basketball gymnasium in Taiwan.
After losing against team Canada 3D Global Sports, 77-90, last Saturday, the young Filipinos headed by Kiefer Ravena and Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger took care of their lead throughout the game to finally make it to the win column at 1-1.
Taiwan came within 75-67 in the last three-minute mark, but Ravena and Standhardinger unleashed a 9-2 run to extend Gilas’ lead back to double-digit, 84-69, with 2:23 left in the payoff period. The Filipinos were never threatened from thereon.
Standhardinger led the Filipinos with 17 points, 15 rebounds and three assists plus a steal and a block, while Matthew Wright posted 14 of his 17 points in the first half and Ravena added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Roger Pogoy had 10 points and import Mike Myers contributed nine points and 11 rebounds also for Gilas.
Jio Jalalon’s split free throws gave Gilas a 23-22 lead at the start of second period, and the Filipinos sustained their charge at halftime, 47-40, despite the resistance of the host country.
Taiwan stayed in jabbing distance at the end of third period, 61-67, before Philippines widened up the gap anew to as many as 11 in the middle part of fourth period, 74-63. The Taiwanese only narrowed the gap to just 67-75 but couldn’t take the lead, allowing the Filipinos to seal the win.
Taiwan fell to 1-1 win-loss record after routing Japan, 86-65, in the opening day.