The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team South Korea at 5:00 P.M. on July 19, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gilas have won its last three assignments and improved to a 3-1 win-loss card the same record carried by the Korean’s basketball team prior to their match in the ongoing 2017 William Jones Cup.
Team Japan’s roster is composed of under-24 players and coach Chot Reyes probably had a plan to rest his main guys for the upcoming South Korea game and use his bench to take care the business.
For the first time coach Reyes inserted the young Kobe Paras in Gilas first five to match the youthful opponent.
Instead of playing like a practice game against the winless team Japan it turned out into a close game.
The Filipino coach was forced to utilize Myers, Wright and Standhardinger to play an extended minutes to make sure to log another win.
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“Right now, my concern is Korea. We were hoping to rest more guys today and have them fresh for Korea, but we needed to play some players extended minutes (to pull this off),” said Reyes.
“I think we’re approaching the meat of our schedule. We got Korea then Lithuania back-to-back, so that’s going to be a huge mountain for us to climb.”
Team Japan used the three-point area as their main offensive weapon to give Gilas a hard time in controlling the game. Japan were shooting sharp with 42% from the rainbow territory and made their opponent scrambling in defense.
Assistant Coach Jong Uichico and Jimmy Alapag were seen furios to Gilas players because of their poor defensive execution.
Both teams exchanging baskets in the first three quarters but during the fourth Gilas found a solution to stop Japan hot shooting.
Also, the needed offense from Mike Myers, Christian Standhardinger and Matthew Wright came in the last quarter to put Gilas Pilipinas away for good.