Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 85-71 win over Spartak Primorye-Russia to claim its second win on Tuesday in the 2015 William Jones Cup at the Xinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
World Cup veteran Ranidel De Ocampo led the team with 13 points, all from second half, while Gilas Pilipinas neophyte Terrence Romeo chipped in 11 markers.
Calvin Abueva, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa nailed 10 points each and JC Intal added eight, displaying the team’s balance attack.
Gilas Pilipinas unloaded a 15-4 run led by De Ocampo, Ganue¬las-Rosser and Abueva to notch a 13-point lead, 61-48, in the third quarter. Since then, the Filipinos never looked back as they rejected retaliation attempts of the tall Russian side.
The Philippines improved to 2-1 to share the third spot with Taiwan-A, which also has the same card. Spartak Primorye-Russia, on the other hand, absorbed its first loss to fall to solo second with 3-1 while powerhouse Iran holds the solo lead with a clean 3-0 record.
South Korea and United State Select-Overtake are tied in fifth with 1-2 followed by Wellington Saints-New Zealand (1-1), Chinese-Taipei B (0-2) and Japan (0-3).
The Filipinos will be battling the Japanese at 3 p.m. today then Iran on September 3 (1 p.m.), Wellington Saints-New Zealand on September 4 (1 p.m.), United States Select-Overtake on September 5 (7 p.m.) and Taiwan B on September 6 (1 p.m.).
The tournament employs a round-robin format with the team with the most number of wins will be declared as champion.
The Philippines has four Jones Cup titles. The last crown was delivered by Gilas Pilipinas then handled by veteran mentor Chot Reyes in 2012.
The country’s participation in Jones Cup serves as buildup for the 2015 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Championship Olympic Qualifying scheduled on September 23 to October 3 in Changsha, China.
Gilas Pilipinas (85) – De Ocampo 13, Romeo 11, Abueva 10, Tautuaa 10, MGR 10, Intal 8, Taulava 7, Rosario 6, Hontiveros 6, Alapag 3, Hontiveros 6, Thoss 1, Ramos 0.
Spartak Primorye (71) – Glazyrin 23, Goliakhov 12, Uzinskii 11, Savelev 10, Fedorchuk 5, Fediushin 5, Ivanov 4, Zverkov 1, Pisarchuk 0.
Quarterscores: 20-23, 43-40, 61-50, 85-71.