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Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over Iran

TAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas played with control practically all game on Sunday night and clipped a young Iran squad, 90-82, but it wasn’t exactly the high note finish to the Filipinos’ Jones Cup Invitational campaign that coach Chot Reyes was shooting for.

In fact, he saw the victory by the Filipinos in an entirely different light.

Mike Myers of Gilas. INQUIRERE.NET/JIM CHOU
“I thought this was the worst game we played here,” Reyes said after the Filipinos closed out with a 6-3 record to finish fourth and out of the medal. “We played a lot, lot better in the games we lost.”

Mike Myers scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Matthew Wright tossed in 20 for the Filipinos, who were dragged into a see-sawing game by this Iranian team whose stars stayed home to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead.

“Maybe the players were tired already,” Reyes said after their ninth game in the same number of days. “Or, they may have overlooked Iran. I really thought we played well below our potential in this game.”

Still, Reyes believes that this Gilas squad, the core of which will be representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late next month, represented the national program well and was able to provide the feeling of home to the thousands of OFWs who went to see the games at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257682/gilas-wraps-jones-cup-campaign-win-iran

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