Gilas Pilipinas waxed hot from behind the arc to dominate India, 101-70, on Saturday in the 39th William Jones Cup men’s basketball tournament at the Taipei Heping basketball gymnasium in Taiwan.
Matthew Wright led the PH 5’s hot shooting with a perfect 5-of-5 stint from the three-point territory to finish with 19 points while Von Pessumal and Almond Vosotros added 14 points apiece to help Philippines bounced back from a sorry 80-91 loss to Lithuania last Friday and improve its win-loss record to 5-3.
Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger contributed 10 points and Carl Bryan Cruz had nine points also for Gilas, which shot 17-of-36 shooting from the three-point zone.
After leading 27-24 at the end of first period, the Filipinos dropped a 27-7 bomb in the next stage to erect a 46-24 lead with less than three minutes left before the break.
Vosotros, a free agent in the Philippine Basketball Association, led Gilas’ fourth-quarter assault as he unloaded11 straight points that gave the Filipinos their biggest lead, 94-57, with less than five minutes left in the game.
India’s 6’10 center Amjyot Singh Gill posted 22 points but India remained winless after eight games.
The Philippines will face Iran at 5 p.m. today, hoping to get a win and get a chance to win a bronze medal.