18 Jan

Gilas routs Taiwan 5

first_imgPhoto from FIBA.BasketballTAIPEI – Laboring under another bum start against an enemy that broke out of the gates hard, Gilas Pilipinas on Friday night got going in the second quarter and showed why it is one of the best teams in the region these days.June Mar Fajardo didn’t show traces of what kind of a shy guy he is on the floor, throwing his weight around when the chips were down for the Filipinos, whom he helped to a 93-71 ripping of Chinese Taipei that put the hosts in danger of missing the second round of the Fiba World Qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jayson Castro scored 15 points, Terrence Romeo also came off the bench to shoot 14 and Andray Blatche redeemed himself from a bad outing the last time against Taipei with 13 that went with 12 rebounds and five assists.Quincy Davis III scored 17 points, Cheng Ju-Lu had 13 and Ying Chun Chen 11 for Taiwan, which got the superb backing from this basketball crazy country that didn’t let up in cheering each of their baskets even during garbage time.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 93 – Fajardo 22, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Norwood 8, Pogoy 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Abueva 0, Maliksi 0, Aguilar 0.CHINESE TAIPEI – Davis 17, Cheng 13, Ying 11, Kuan 9, Yi 9, Tsin 7, Wen 3, Cheng 0, Yu 0, Creighton 0.Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champ San Beda trips Benilde, forges Final duel vs Ateneo Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding A huge crowd showed up at Taipei Heping Gym here and rattled the Filipinos early, as Gilas leaned on sheer firepower, cohesiveness and size to overwhelm the Taiwanese in the final three periods, winning with plenty to spare and taking a winning feeling going into an interesting return match with Australia on Monday.Coach Chot Reyes was all praises for his Fighting 12 for this game, which he described as “no quit in this team.” He now focuses his sights on the Aussies, who just lost in upset fashion to Japan, 79-78 in Chiba also Friday, which will make the Taipei-Japan match on Monday a KO match for the third and last Group B slot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTeam Philippines improved to 4-1 and is already assured of a berth in the second round, and that loss by the Aussies will make the Monday match at cavernous Philippine Arena one for top-ranking in Group B.“We came to this game not even thinking of Monday,” Reyes said. “Our focus was all on Chinese Taipei and that’s no exaggeration. Now that we are done, I think it (win) will help give us good momentum.” But Reyes is wary of what just happened in Japan.“They dropped a game against Japan, and for sure, they (Aussies) will come out like wounded tigers on Monday,” said Reyes, whose charges lost, 84-68, the first time they clashed early this year.Fajardo came off the bench and fired up the Filipinos a lot, showing emotion early on when he completed a three-point play as Gilas was able to keep the Taiwanese within arm’s length.“He has every right to demand to start (the game),” Reyes said of the reigning four-time PBA MVP. “But for him it doesn’t matter. That’s the culture of this team.”Fajardo scored 22 points in just under 21 minutes and after that, showed his very taciturn side when he greeted Filipino reporters in the press room with: “nahihiya talaga ako dito.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

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