Gilas Pilipinas falls to sizzling Chinese Taipei


THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE The Philippines’ Jason Castro sneaks past Chinese Taipei defenders in a battle of undefeated teams in Group A of the 27th FIBA-Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday. The Filipinos, however, lost the game, 79-84, to fall behind the Taiwanese in their group. NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGE

MANILA, Philippines—Torched by the Taiwanese’ hot shooting, Smart Gilas Pilipinas fell to Chinese Taipei, 79-84, Saturday for its first setback in the preliminaries of the 2013 Fiba Asia Championships.

DUNKIN’ DOUTHIT Marcus Douthit of the Philippines dunks against Chinese Taipei’s Wen-Ting Tseng and Shih-Chieh Chen in their game at the 27th FIBA-Asia preliminaries at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. The Taiwanese dealt the Filipinos their first loss, 79-84, and stay undefeated in Group A. NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGE

Taiwan rode on a hot start in the fourth, wiping off a 13-point deficit with a blistering 19-4 run, anchored on Cheng-Ju Lu and Chih-Chieh Lin’s solid marksmanship.

Lu and Lin combined for nine of the Taiwanese’ 15 triples—four of which coming in the fourth quarter—which ultimately keyed in the Filpinos’ doom.

“I should’ve done a good job rotation our players. That’s the story of the ball game,” said head coach Chot Reyes.

Larry Fonacier uncorked five triples, four in the third quarter alone, to lead the Filipinos with 21 points while Marcus Douthit added 16 points and 10 boards.

But after stretching the gap to 68-55 at the end of third quarter, Gilas Pilipinas yielded eight straight points in just two and half minutes allowing Taiwan to gain steam.

Wen-ting Tseng first gave Chinese-Taipei the lead, 74-72, with 4:09 left but the Philippines still regained upper hand after Marcus Douthit’s two freethrows, 77-75, with 2:19 left.

Tseng and Lu then uncorked back-to-back cold blooded triples to give Taiwan the lead for good.

“I told my players to never give up. Lin told the team at the end of third we’re not finished. Just keep on scoring then maybe we’ll have a chance,” said Taipei’s head coach Chin-Che Hsu.

Lu and Lin scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, for Taiwan.

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  • Umberto Roco

    They say victory has many fathers, but defeat is an orphan. Let’s show Coach Chot and our countrymen that Gilas is not alone. We can still do it, and even if we don’t, what of it? Oh, there will always be that ‘shoulda-woulda’, especially if you’re as accomplished as Coach Chot. But let’s not blame or play Monday Morning Quarterback. Instead, let’s cheer them on and pray for them.

  • mark pogi

    Ibalik si Jawo! :D

    • Kairos

      Naging politiko kasi si jawo ahehehe… hindi na nakabangon.

  • DennisApolinario

    Ang napansin ko, laging nalilibre yung shooter ng Chinese-Taipei. Mukhang kulang sa switching yung mga players natin, di makapag-switch on time para di makatira nang libre yung kalaban. Agree ako na di nakapag-adjust si Chot Reyes sa situation. Parang kulang sa determinasyong manalo ang mga players natin. Parang tinamad sa bandang huli.

  • hatepoli

    Hindi natin kailangan ng mga Fil-Ams, kailangan natin yung tunay na Filipino na may puso na ipaglaban talaga ang karangalan ng bansa natin. Yang mga Fil-Ams na yan hindi nga alam ang National Anthem natin. Tyaka sahod lang habol ng mga yan.. hindi “makikipagpatayan” sa laro ang mga yan kasi nga wala naman sila malasakit sa bayan, kahit matalo ok lang basta may sahod sila…
    Kuha tayo ng mga players na tunay na filipino. Yung parang ala Jawo, Mon fernandez, at samboy Lim. sigurado kahit dugo na ang ilong at bali na ang braso lalaban pa rin para sa bayan..

  • walapadintatalosaalaska

    Again, just hire more imports and less flat footed nerbyoso and average skills pinoys. tapos ang usapan.

  • MArk

    Go gilas! pwede pa! Monday: vs Japan, Tuesday: vs Qatar, Wednesday: vs Hongkong all sked at 8:30 PM

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