Powerade Team Pilipinas finally got its game going, beating a tall but slow Kazakhstan National Team , 85-67 to register its first win in the 31st William Jones Cup in Taiwan, regarded as the final tune-up tournament before the FIBA Asia World Championships Qualifying Tournament in Tianjin, China this August.
Unlike in the previous games where the Philippines started slowly, this time around they stepped on the gas right at the start leading 22-12 after the first quarter. However, the Kazakhstan team playing minus “injured” players including 6’10 star forward Anton Ponomarev, 6’1 guard Yegor Biryulin and 6’7 forward Alexandr Zhigulin, battled back to close in at 34-30 before the Philippines regrouped for a 45-36 halftime spread.
An 18-3 run at the start of the 3rd quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point lead, 63-43, to which Kazakhstan never recovered.
Basically their 3rd game was a stark contrast to their humiliating 59-90 defeat to Jordan and perhaps a sign of things to come when they rallied from a 19-point deficit agaisnt Chinese Taipei in game 2, that fell just short, 77-86.
Hopefully, in their next game, they will keep their gears running.
How they scored:
POWERADE-RP 85 — Miller 13, Aguilar 11, De Ocampo 11, Yap 9, Thoss 8, Norwood 7, Helterbrand 7, Baguio 6, Raymundo 6, Santos 5, Dillinger 2, Taulava 0.
KAZAKHSTAN 67 — Dmitriy 23, Alexandr 16, Rustam 12, Vselovod 12, Ivan 2, Roman 2, Ilya 0, Voyeikov 0.
Quarters: 22-12, 45-36, 67-53, 85-67