Sunday, September 6, 2015
Gilas Pilipinas bags Jones Cup silver medal; demolished Chinese Taipei B
The Gilas Pilipinas, Philippine national men’s basketball capped their campaign in the 37th William Jones Cup with a 96-67 rout of host Chinese Taipei’s B-team that clinched the silver medal for Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Gary David scored 22 points to pace Gilas Pilipinas, which finished with a 6-2 record, good enough for second place behind champions Iran.
Jayson Castro added 15 points and Moala Tautuaa chipped in with 12.
The young Chinese Taipei B squad pulled off a surprise to open the game, coming out and taking a 10-2 advantage over the more experienced Philippine side in the opening minutes.
But Castro, who knocked down two three-pointers, and Abueva came out and scored eight points apiece as they led Gilas back to within striking distance.
Abueva, though, suffered a scare late in the period after taking a bad fall after getting fouled.
The tough Alaska forward put his defender on skates with a nice crossover but was met by the help defense inside. He fell on his tailbone and was unable to get up for a few moments although he was able to walk off on his own.
The Filipinos scored the last six points of the quarter to take a 24-21 lead at the end of the first.
Gilas Pilipinas finally brought out their A-game in the second quarter where they overwhelmed the hometown team with a 19-2 run that featured scoring from eight different Filipino players.
That gave the Philippines a 20-point lead, 45-25, late in the second before they entered the half with a 50-32 advantage.
Castro led the team with 12 first half points.
David, who only scored four points over the first two periods, then came out with an explosive performance in the third quarter.
He set the tone by knocking down his first two jumpers from off the break and never let up as he pounded Chinese Taipei with 16 big points as Gilas all but put it away with leads of as high as 29, 82-53.
The Philippines let up a little bit in the fourth quarter but never enough to give the Taiwanese a real chance.
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