After dropping their opening game in the 2017 Williams Jones Cup Invitational, Gilas Pilipinas bounced back by defeating Chinese-Taipei A 88-72 Sunday night to improve their record to 1-1.
Gilas Pilipinas struggled on their first game against the tough Canadian team, 77-90 but regained their true form in game 2 against a Chinese-Taipei squad who is loaded with veterans and national players.
The Gilas squad, considered as the cadets of the national team, are all under 25 years old except Fil-German player Christian Standhardinger.
Matthew Wright set the tone early for Gilas as he knocks down triple after triple finishing the game with 17 points with 4 triples.
“I told the players that this will be an unbelievable environment playing against Taipei before its home crowd,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes via SPIN. “It’s their first time, but to embrace this situation and figure out a way to thrive in that environment is great.
Standhardinger also put up a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for Gilas while Ravena chip in 15 points and also supplied the dagger to seal the win for Gilas Pilipinas.
Next Game for the Philippine squad will be on Monday against Chinese-Taipei B at 3pm and will be aired live on Tv5.