Asian Qualifiers 2018:

Gilas Pilipinas batters Chinese Taipei, 91-73

June 30, 2018 – Taiwan

By Rock Punzalan

Asian Qualifiers 2018: Gilas Pilipinas whacked Chinese Taipei, 91-73, in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers 2018 for the FIBA World Cup 2019 this Friday in Taiwan. June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 23 buckets and 4 rebounds, while Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo contributed 15 and 14 points each.

Notes:

➤ Gilas bucked a slow start to overturn the game against Taiwan. Gilas trailed Chinese Taipei by as much as 8 points in the first half before crawling back to snatch the lead to 37-36 courtesy of Blatche’s lay-up with 2:16 remaining.

Quincy Davis led Taiwan NT with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Lu Cheng-Ju sniped with 4 of 8 treys to drop 13 markers before being limited by Gabe Norwood‘s defense. Center Tseng Wen Ting was a non-factor as he was saddled with early foul troubles.

➤ The Philippine Basketball Team is already assured of a spot in the second round of the qualifiers, but are battling for the first place in Group B standings. Taiwan, meanwhile, is in a precarious bottom position as Japan NT upset Australia earlier in the day.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 16-19, 44-37, 68-60, 93-71.

gilas pilipinaS: 91

Fajardo 23, Castro 15, Romeo 14, Blatche 13, Pogoy 8, Norwood 8, Wright 6, Rosario 5, Jalalon 2, Abueva 0, Aguilar 0, Malicsi 0.

CHINESE TAIPEI: 73

Davis 17, Cheng-Ju 13, Ying-Chun 11, Kuan-Chuan 9, Yi-Hsiang 9, Chin-Min 7, Wen-Ting 3, Po-Chen 2, I-Chieh 0, Cheng 0, Yu-An 0, Creighton 0.

June 30, 2018 - Taiwan

Written by Rock Punzalan

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