Gilas Pilipinas banked on a solid performance in the fourth quarter to hold off a young and pesky Japanese squad, 100-85, on Tuesday for its third straight win in the 39th William R. Jones Cup men’s basketball tournament at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall in Taiwan.
The Filipinos, led by Matthew Wright and import Mike Myers, unleashed a blazing 14-1 run to turn a 72-73 into to a comfortable 86-74 advantage with three minutes left in the game.
Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger scored 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting on top of 15 rebounds in another impressive showing for the national quintet of head coach Chot Reyes.
Myers also posted a double-double performance with 17 points and same number of re-bounds as the Filipinos improved their mark to 3-1.
Wright finished with 15 points while Jio Jalalon and Kiefer Ravena added 11 points apiece for Gilas.
The PH 5 took a slim 19-16 lead at the end of the first period and couldn’t pull away against the young Japanese squad, which unloaded a 13-7 run to take a 42-41 halftime lead.
Japan extended its lead to 53-47 early in the third period before Gilas 5 responded with another rally to tie the game at 66-all entering the payoff period.
Gilas outscored Japan, 16-7, capped by Wright’s triple to grab an 82-73 lead with 3:46 remaining.
Myers’ slam gave the Filipinos an 86-74 to seal the game for PH 5, which plays against South Korea on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Yusei Sugiura paced Japan with 22 points but was not enough to help his team snap a four-game losing streak.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr., meanwhile, sat out for a second straight game due to a sprained ankle. Reyes also placed Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Almond Vosotros and Raymar Jose in the reserve list.