Gilas Philippines is now standing 3-1 after defeating Japan last day (Wednesday) with a score of 75-60 as they were improved performances this year 37th William Jones Cup 2015.
Highlights, replay, and reviews will found online, The Philippines once again relied on contributions throughout the lineup as Terrence Romeo, Ranidel de Ocampo, Moala Tautuaa and Jayson Castro all netted at least 10 points. Romeo led the way, though, as he scored a game-high 16 and helped Gilas pull away in the fourth quarter.
The Filipino side was clinging to a two-point lead entering the final frame, but it finally found its true form by outscoring Japan 29-16 and ensuring the Japanese squad would remain winless.
Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin was extremely happy with his team’s play Wednesday, but he also believes it has a long way to go before it is capable of accomplishing its ultimate goal, according to Musong R. Castillo of Inquirer.net: “It’s the best basketball we played. We’re getting better, but we’re not good enough yet to win the FIBA Asia.”
The winner of FIBA Asia will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, although the Philippines are currently focused on winning the William Jones Cup for the first time since 2012.