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Korea withstood Team Pilipinas’ numerous rallies to prevail in the end, 83-80, and hand the Philippines’ 5th loss in 6 games at the 31st William Jones Cup in Taipei. Korea started hot racing to a 17-6 spread before RP rallied to pull within 22-17 after 10 minutes of play. Game was a close in the first half with Korea nusing a slim 38-35 lead at the half.

In the second half, Korea again pounced on the RP Team’s turnovers trying to pull away, 56-42. But the Powerade-backed national team rallied again to a basket 59-57 at the 3rd quarter buzzer. In the final period, Korea had an 8 point lead 68-60 before RP countered with its 8-0 run to knot the count 68-all. But Korea was steadier down the stretch to prevail.

Both teams will face again next in Tianjin where they are grouped in Group A together with Japan and Sri Lanka.

KOREA 83—Kang BH 16, Kim MS 15, Oh SK 10, Kim JS 10, Yang HJ 9, Yang DG 7, Lee JS 5, Lee KS 3, Joo HJ 3.

PHILIPPINES 80—Santos 22, Miller 14, Thoss 13, De Ocampo 9, Raymundo 6, Norwood 6, Aguilar 4, Dillinger 2, Taulava 2, Yap 2, Helterbrand 0, Baguio 0.

Quarters: 22-17, 38-35, 59-57, 83-80

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