Gilas Pilipinas win vs Japan : 90-71 : 2013 FIBA Asia Championship

Philippine national men’s basketball team played its best basketball of the FIBA Asia Championship so far, posting an impressive 90-71 beatdown of Japan on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Chinese Taipei last Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas showed its resilience with pinpoint shooting and suffocating defense to book its first victory in the second round of the tournament. “We wanted to forget about the last game,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes. After a close first quarter, Gilas got a spark from Japeth Aguilar, who had two sensational dunks to break the spirits of the Japanese. The Philippines was leading, 46-36, before the dam finally broke in the third quarter. Jeff Chan opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to kick off a 17-4 run to give Gilas a 63-40 spread. Two free throws by Marcus Douthit pushed the advantage to 26 points for the Philippines, which didn’t lead by less than 16 points the rest of the way. Gilas wreaked havoc on the defensive end, stealing the basketball 10 times and hounding Japan to just 38 percent shooting from the field. The Filipinos forced Japan to 17 turnovers that they turned into 22 points. The Philippines also shot the lights out from beyond the arc, going 12-of-20 (60 percent). Marcus Douthit was a source of strength once again, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeff Chan added 16 points of 4-of-5 shooting from three-point distance. Gilas allowed JR Sakuragi (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Kosuke Takeuchi (17 points, nine rebounds) to dominate the paint, but clamped down on dangerous Japanese shooters. Japan’s starting backcourt Kosuke Kanamaru and Ryota Sakurai combined for just six points on just 2-of-10 shooting from the field. The two teams will plunge back into battle on Tuesday, with the Philippines taking on Qatar and Japan facing Jordan. The Philippines also shot the lights out from beyond the arc, going 12-of-20 (60 percent). PHILIPPINES 90 – Douthit 19, Chan 16, De Ocampo 9, Tenorio 9, Aguilar 7, Norwood 7, Castro/William 7, Alapag 6, David 5, Fonacier 3, Pingris 2, Fajardo 0. JAPAN 71 – Sakuragi 19, Takeuchi 17, Hiejima 9, Tsuji 8, Matsui 6, Kanamaru 4, Kurihara 2, Sakurai 2, Ota 2, Watanabe 2, Tanaka 0, Ichioka 0. Quarters: 17-14, 46-36, 75-51, 90-71
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