The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Japan at 1:00 P.M. on July 18, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gilas Pilipinas is now on a roll after beating the two teams of the host country, the Chinese Taipei team A and B. Today the Philippines Men’s basketball squad is looking for more as they take on the still win-less Japan.
After its superb first game win against the Republic of China Blue team, Gilas started their match against the ROC B in a low energy.
Many has expected that because Gilas dominated the team A the game will be like a walk in the park for the Filipinos. Instead, it turned out full of running game and physicality.
“Our energy level was much higher yesterday, but I think it’s just normal because there was a lot of running, a lot of physicality. But we found a way to play through it,” said Christian Standhardinger.
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Coach Chot Reyes admits that main driver for his Gilas squad is there energy in the game. They’re just fortunate they’re able to match the intensity of the much younger Chinese Taipei team and was able to grab the win.
“If our team lacked energy, we’re nothing. But if we can’t have pace, we’re in trouble,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes. “We don’t have a low-post threat where we can just dump the ball inside and let him do his thing, so we really need the pace and energy out there.”
“Fortunately, we were able to grind this one out today,” he added.
Matthew Wright caught fire once again from the rainbow territory as he sank five three-pointers. He led all scorers with his 21 points who also seen exchanging strong words against Hung-Han Huang.
Huang bumped Wright very hard that knocked him down as the Taiwanese player tried establishing his low post move.
Mike Myers (14), Jio Jalalon (13), Kiefer Ravena (10) and RR Pogoy (15) were the other Gilas players who reached double figures in scoring.
So far, this is the best scoring game for Myers after struggling making his points in their first two outings.