The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Chinese Taipei A at 7:00 P.M. on July 16, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gilas Pilipinas lost to team Canada in their opening match and today they’re scheduled to one of the tough teams in the tournament the Chinese Taipei team A that also owns the home-court advantage when 2017 William Jones Cup resumes.
In their game yesterday, the new-look Gilas squad looked sharp in the first quarter and put up a serious challenge to an athletic and veteran Canada squad.
Mac Belo who is coming from an injury sank a three-pointer that gave team Philippines its first taste of lead in the opening quarter 20-19 in the entire game.
That rainbow shot of Blackwater Elite rookie was his only three points of the game and likewise the only lead of Gilas.
Team Canada’s coach Kyle Julius came in well prepared and admitted that he’s watching Gilas tapes.
“I’ve watched a lot of (Gilas) games from the past and I was incredibly impressed. The team that I saw was extremely well-coached, it plays real well,” he said.
Keifer Ravena led the guys in blue in scoring with his 12 points while Ray Parks added 11 points.
Both Kobe Paras and Christian Standhardinger also played well in their Gilas Pilipinas debut. Standhardinger is just a point shy away for a double-double performance, he scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Paras on the other hand made his own highlight reel in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter. The high-leaping forward who is known for his slam dunks swatted two consecutive shots from the opposing team.
A total of 40 free-throws was given to team Canada by Gilas and the opponent converted 31 compared to 14-21 for Philippines squad.
“You can’t win a game giving up 40 free throws against a quality side like that,” said Chot Reyes .
The upside for Gilas is its ability to grab offensive rebounds especially if Mike Myers and Christian Standhardinger are both inside the game. Gilas Pilipinas won in that department with 16-7.