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Gilas fends off Chinese Taipei B for 2nd win in Jones Cup

One day after a comfortable victory over Chinese Taipei A, the Philippine men's national basketball team found itself in a dogfight against Chinese Taipei B in the 39th edition of the William Jones Cup.

The Philippines relied on solid performances from playmakers Kiefer Ravena and Jiovani Jalalon, and a double-double from import Mike Myers, to eventually fend off Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, and improve to 2-1 in the tournament.

Kiefer Ravena had 10 points and seven assists for Gilas against Chinese Taipei B.
It was their second consecutive victory in the Jones Cup, giving them a sweep of the tournament hosts. Gilas is now tied for second place along with Lithuania and Iraq, and just behind unbeaten Canada (3-0) in the league standings.

It was in no way an easy victory, however, as Gilas needed a late Kevin Ferrer bucket off a Ravena assist just to force a 44-all deadlock at the halftime break.

A 9-0 run to open the third period afforded the Filipinos some more breathing room, but turnovers and poor defensive rotations allowed Chinese Taipei B to catch up quickly. Gilas clung to a two-point lead, 60-58, with three minutes to go in the third quarter before Matthew Wright's perimeter sniping helped the Nationals surge ahead once more, 69-62, heading into the final frame.

Gilas Pilipinas finally pulled away midway through the fourth quarter, courtesy of an 8-1 run that turned a slim 77-75 lead into an 85-76 advantage with just 3:23 left.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/17/17/gilas-fends-off-chinese-taipei-b-for-2nd-win-in-jones-cup

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