Gary David pushes PH past South Korea


Gary David, Philippine Basketball Association, William Jones Cup, Taipei Physical Education College, South Korea

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines escaped what could have been another heartbreak dealt by South Korea, 82-79, Tuesday in the 34th William Jones Cup at the Taipei Physical Education College gym in Taipei.

Gary David, earlier dubbed the Philippine Basketball Association’s new superstar, bailed out the Nationals, who squandered a 14-point lead before trailing by 12, with two clutch baskets in a row to propel the Philippines to a 3-0 start.

Off a timeout, David knocked down a contested jumper that put the Philippines back on top, 79-77, at the 1:25 mark before hitting one again at the left elbow to break the tie for good, 81-79, with 45.3 ticks left.

David unleashed nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Gabe Norwood, who, along with former Rain or Shine teammate Sol Mercado keyed in a mini-run in the last period to keep the PH within step, went one-of-two at the line that set the final score as the Koreans’ wild attempt at three misfired.

Marcus Douthit had 11 points and 10 rebounds but struggled to defend South Korea’s six-foot-11 import Garrett Stutz.

The Philippines looked lost as it got hit by a barrage of treys and fell behind, 49-61, with 4:52 left in the third period.

With Douthit playing a sub-par second half, the Philippines went small and its quickness creating problems in transition that allowed the Nationals to make it a close contest.

The win followed up the country’s huge wins over Jordan and Chinese Taipei in its first two games.

The Nationals play Japan next.

The Koreans quickly erased a 14-point deficit thanks to a 17-3 blast in the second period.

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  • John Curt

    Yeah team Pinas

  • adrian XD

    si jeff chan po yung teammate ni gabe norwood. hindi si sol mercado. :)

    • oh_noh

      “former Rain or Shine teammate Sol Mercado”

  • oh_noh

    wow! inilista ko na ito sa mga koreano ha!
    sa wakas, na-break na ang jinx ng pinas 5 sa sokors!

    • secret

      Hahaha kasi hindi naman national team ng South Korea ang naglaro. Champion club lang ng Koreanleague ‘yun with 2 imports. Ang katapat lang dapat nila sa Pinas ay BMeg or ROR. Walang dangal ang panalong yun. 

      • oh_noh

        well, that makes it more potent than the real korean national team.

      • John Curt

        YEAH that’s right 

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