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Lithuania too strong for Gilas five

Lithuania too strong for Gilas five

Tall and sweet-shooting Lithuania put Gilas Pilipinas’ medal hopes in jeopardy Friday as the European squad fashioned out a 91-80 victory in the William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the Taipei Peace basketball Gymnasium.

Gilas bounces back

Gilas Pilipinas matched Iraq’s physicality, but cost Fil-German Christian Standhardinger an ejection for crossing the line that marred their 84-75 win in the William Jones Cup last night at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here.

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TAIPEI — On the eve of the Gilas Pilipinas game against Japan, coach Chot Reyes reminded his players that there will be no easy games or lightweights for them.
He was right.
For the second straight day, Gilas needed a late explosion to beat winless Japan, 100-85, in the William Jones Cup yesterday at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here.
Christian Standhardinger should be greatly credited for the win after the Filipino-German recruit produced 22 points and 15 rebounds – his second double-double – in nearly 28 minutes of action.
Gilas import Mike Myers also had a solid outing with 17 points and the same number of rebounds, and so were sharpshooter Matthew Wright, who added 15 points, Kiefer Ravena and Pio Jalalon, who contributed 11 points apiece.
The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger and Wright starred in the team’s telling12-0 run that was capped by Ravena’s basket as they turned a one-point deficit (73-72) to an 84-73 lead with 3:11 left in the game.
“Like I told the team last night, in an elite tournament like this, there is no easy game. There is no such thing as easy game. We felt that we’re going in for a tough match with Japan,” said the veteran mentor Reyes.
“In the end we’re just fortunate (to win the game),” added Reyes as Gilas – composed of PBA rookies called the ‘cadets’ and amateur standouts – defeated an equally young Under-24 team of Japan.
The victory extended the national team’s win streak to three, or since losing its opening game against Canada. More importantly, that improved the record of Gilas to 3-1 in the team standings.
Likewise, it prepared the national team with its highly anticipated encounter with South Korea today at 5 p.m. at the same venue.
“My concern is the next game against South Korea,” said Reyes, who gave reserves Von Pessumal, Kobe Paras and Alfonso Gotladera a chance to play so as to give his regular players Wright, Standhardinger, Ravena, Roger Pogoy and Myers more time to rest.
“We don’t know how we can compete against Korea, but we’ll try our best,” Reyes mentioned.
The 28-year-old Standhardinger, who mother is from Angono, Rizal, said that the game against Japan thought them a lesson, which they hope to use when they face the Koreans at 5 p.m. today.
“We started out flat against a really energized Japan team. Any game, we have to respect the game, respect our opponent,” said Standhardinger, who played ball with Nebraska and Hawaii.
Tomorrow, the Nationals play Iraq, then takes on Lithuania on Friday, India on Saturday, and Iran on Sunday – the final day of competition.

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Gilas Pilipinas recovered from a woeful first half performance with a strong finish to beat Chinese Taipei-White (Team B), 93-82, in the William Jones Cup yesterday at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here.

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Gilas nips Taipei 5

Gilas Pilipinas delivered an impressive bounce back performance from its opening day loss to Canada after manhandling host Taiwan-Blue, 88-72, last night in the William Jones Cup at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here.

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Gilas loses to Canada

The journey of the new-look Gilas Pilipinas began with a stinging 90-77 loss to Canada at the start of the William Jones Cup yesterday at the Taipei Peace Basketball Gymnasium here.

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