(Taipei Peace Basketball Hall)
11 a.m. – Chinese Taipei B vs Iraq
1 p.m. – Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan
3 p.m. – India vs Iran
5 p.m. – South Korea vs Atletas All-Stars Lithuania
7 p.m. – Chinese Taipei A vs Canada 150
TAIPEI – Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset axe, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, to keep rolling in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here on Monday afternoon.
After going 1-1 (win-loss) in their first two games against much tougher teams that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and gave the young Taiwanese the momentum early, which made for a tight contest.
But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.
Wright fired 21 points and led all Filipino shooters for the second straight game.
“I’m just trying to do my job, and that is to make shots for this team,” Wright said.
Chun Chen-Ying had 17 points for the losing team.