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Gilas downs Chinese-Taipei to open Jones Cup

Discussion in 'Sports' started by capslocked, Aug 31, 2015.

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    Jordan Clarkson watched the game. Photo from the Facebook page of Gilas Pilipinas
    MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas nearly squandered a 19-point advantage but recovered in the fourth quarter to defeat Chinese-Taipei Blue, 77-69, in their first game of the 2015 William Jones Cup at the Xin Zhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan.

    Gilas Pilipinas, playing without naturalized center Andray Blatche, leaned on a sensational international debut by GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo, who burned Taiwanese defenders with his slick dribbling and one-on-one skills.

    The win helped Gilas get a measure of revenge against Chinese-Taipei, which beat them in the group stages of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships at home.

    With Romeo and Calvin Abueva providing a lift from the bench, Gilas opened up a huge 19-point lead in the second quarter, 47-28.

    Romeo's shot-making skills were on full display, as he broke down his defenders at the top of the key before driving to the basket and making shots even over taller defenders.

    Abueva also shone during Gilas' second quarter run, providing his trademark hustle plays and energy while also hitting shots from the perimeter.

    The Nationals' offense bogged down in the third quarter, however, as they relied too much on three-pointers that often hit iron. Chinese-Taipei also began to find their mark from the outside, while naturalized player Quincy Davis had his way with Gilas' undersized frontline.

    The game was tied at 54-all heading into the final quarter, but Gary David drained a jump shot at the 9:20 mark of the fourth to give Gilas Pilipinas the lead for good.

    Chinese-Taipei remained within striking distance all throughout the final quarter, but a gutsy three-pointer by Romeo to beat shot-clock buzzer gave Gilas some breathing room, 71-65, with 2:17 to go.

    Jayson Castro made it an eight-point game, 73-65, with 1:47 remaining off a good offensive set that saw the Talk 'N Text guard get a clear look at the basket for a floater. Another bucket by Castro with less than a minute to go made it a 10-point game, 77-67, and it was also Castro who put the finishing touches on the win with a steal with 15 seconds to go.

    Castro finished with 16 points, and Romeo with 18 and Abueva had 15 for Gilas Pilipinas in their debuts for the national team.

    Davis led Chinese-Taipei with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

    Gilas returns to action on Monday at 5 p.m. against South Korea.
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