Twenty-five misses from long distance usually equates to a blowout loss, but Gilas Pilipinas fought through a cold shooting night to keep things close late before suffering an 83-72 loss to South Korea in the Jones Cup at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall on Wednesday.
Even though the Philippines had problems finding the basket from behind the arc, coach Chot Reyes’ squad was only down 73-69 with 2:12 left in the game.
That’s when Reyes and co. could’ve used a triple or two to complete the comeback.
Instead, Gilas missed 5 more times inside the 2-minute mark, its fight-back falling short. Overall, the Philippines made only 1 of 26 3-pointers.
Gilas fell to 3-2, a full game behind co-leaders Canada, Lithuania and South Korea, which old hold a 4-1 record.
Mike Myers finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Christian Standhardinger added 18 points.
Jio Jalalon contributed 18 points, burying the only 3-pointer for Gilas.
Matthew Wright, who has been sensational from 3-point territory in the first 4 games, settled for only 4 points.
The Philippines next play Iraq on Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Koreans outscored Gilas 24-14 in the 3rd quarter, going up by as many as 16, 63-49.
As Gilas struggled from deep, it went down low to Myers and Standhardinger and used the Twin Towers as a rallying point.
The duo connected on an alley-oop punctuated by a one-handed throwdown by Myers, which lit a fire in Reyes’ team.
The comeback was bookended by another Myers flush, a tip jam off a miss by Standhardinger to make it 73-69.
But the Koreans scored 6 unanswered that sealed Gilas’ fate.
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