TAIPEI – Finding it hard to sustain the intensity after two straight emotional grinds, Gilas Pilipinas needed to dig deep in the endgame to dodge the upset axe, escaping Chinese Taipei B, 93-82, to keep rolling in the Jones Cup Invitational at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here on Monday afternoon.
After going 1-1 in their first two games against much tougher teams that required nothing short of their best physically and emotionally, the Filipinos came out flat and gave the young Taiwanese the momentum early which made for a tight contest.
But when push came to shove, Gilas separated itself from the boys as Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy took turns in hurting the young hosts and keeping them winless in three games.
“Every year that I come to the Jones Cup, my most feared game is (against Chinese Taipei’s) Team B,” coach Chot Reyes said after the rather close shave, which came less than 24 hours after Gilas bamboozled the regular Taiwanese National Team, 88-72.
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