Gilas Pilipinas survived Taiwan-A, 77-69, to open its bid on a high note on Sunday in the 37th William Jones Cup at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City in Taiwan.
Guard Terrence Romeo scored 18 points including crucial baskets in the fourth quarter to lead the Philippines to a 1-0 start. He also had four steals.
Jayson Castro produced 16 points and five steals while Calvin Abueva added 15 points and five rebounds and Dondon Hontiveros had nine points for Gilas.
The Filipinos are scheduled to face the South Koreans on Monday. JOSEF RAMOS