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Gilas Pilipinas drops Jones Cup opener to Canada

The new members of Gilas Pilipinas want to use the Jones Cup as a measuring stick of their progress as a unit and, if possible, win every game.

In Friday's opener, they had to settle for just one of the two.

Gilas Pilipinas struggled versus Canada in the Jones Cup opener on Saturday. Josh Albeda, ABS-CBN Sports
Kiefer Ravena finished with 12 points and 3 steals, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 11 points and also 3 steals, as the Philippines lost 90-77 to a taller Canadian squad at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall on Saturday in Taiwan.

It was turnovers and missed 3-pointers that did Gilas in, as the Philippines, the tournament defending champion, trailed 44-34 at halftime after being limited to only 14 points in the 2nd quarter.

In the first half, the young Gilas squad shot just 37.1% from the field and connected on only 20% of its 3-pointers.

Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico said the loss didn't take away from the team's ultimate objective.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/15/17/gilas-pilipinas-drops-jones-cup-opener-to-canada

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