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FIBA World Cup qualifiers: Strong finish keys Gilas win over Chinese-Taipei

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) SMART Gilas Pilipinas started slow but finished strong to fend off Chinese-Taipei, 90-83, in their second game of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers on Monday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.

In front of over 11,000 fans at home, the national team relied on the energy provided by their second unit to climb out of an early 14-point hole, then leaned on Jayson Castro to seal the victory over the tough visiting squad.

With the victory, the Philippines went 2-0 in the first window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas triumphed on the road against Japan last Friday, 77-71, with Castro once again leading the way.

"The Blur," a two-time Mythical Team selection in the FIBA Asia Cup, fired a team-high 20 points on top of four rebounds and four assists. June Mar Fajardo played his best game in international competition, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Roger Pogoy and Matthew Wright both finished with 11 points, with the latter scoring all of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Philippines pull away for good.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/27/17/fiba-world-cup-qualifiers-strong-finish-keys-gilas-win-over-chinese-taipei

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