James Yap broke out of his shooting slump to score 23 points including six 3-point shots and Willie Miller provided a dagger triple with 14 seconds left as the Philippines held on to beat Chinese Taipei, 77-70 in the FIBA Asia Men’s Basketball Championships in Tianjin, China.
The RP Team started slow again allowing Chinese Taipei to control the game early on. Willie Miller hit back-to-back 3-point shots to end the first quarter.
The second quarter saw James Yap heating up with 2 triples as the RP team inched closer 33-35 just before halftime.
James Yap continued to wax hot scoring 15 points in the pivotal 3rd quarter as the Philippines finally took the upperhand 62-54.
Chinese Taipei started the final quarter strong and momentarily grabbed the lead 68-67 on 2 free throws by center Wu Tai-Hao. But Kerby Raymundo was fouled attempting a 3-point shot and calmly sak all 3 free throws for a 70-68 lead.
Sonny Thoss made a corner jumper to make it a 4-point game. Lee Hsueh-Lin made 2 free throws to cut the deficit to 2 with 1:36 left in the game. Both teams missed their shots before Miller hit a booming triple for a 5-point lead with 14 seconds left. Lin Chih-Chieh missed a 3-point attempt and Gabe Norwood and Jared Dillinger split their charities to end the game.
Defense was unforgiving holding Chinese Taipei to a single 3-point shot out of 15 tries. The Philippines meanwhile shot a blistering 50% from rainbow country with 15 conversions, their highest total in the tournament with Yap going 6 of 11 and Miller perfect on all 5 attempts.
The win meant the Philippines can avoid powerhouse Chinain the crossover quarterfinals. They play defendign Champion Iran tomorrow. Iran narrowly beat Chinese Taipei 71-67 on opening day.
Philippines 77 – Yap 23, Miller 17, Helterbrand 8, Thoss 8, Baguio 6, Raymundo 5, Pennisi 3, Dillinger 3, Norwood 2, Taulava 2, Aguilar 0, Santos 0.
C. Taipei 70 – Tseng 21, Lee 8, C. Chang 8, Lin 7, T. Chang 6, Tien 6, Wu 6, Yang 4, Su 2, Yang 2.
Quarters: 16-21, 33-35, 62-54, 77-70