Philippine national basketball team Gilas Pilipinas firmed up their offense in the final quarter to beat Japan 75-60 on Wednesday in the 37th William Jones Cup being held in Taipei.
Young stars Terrence Romeo and Moala Tautuaa, both bench players, played tough in the fourth to lift Gilas Pilipinas to a 3-1 standing, losing only to South Korea last Sunday.
Japan meanwhile remains winless at 0-4.
Romeo led the Philippine team with 17 points while Tautuaa, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jayson Castro all scored 10 apiece.
Terrence Romeo led Gilas with 17 points while Tautuaa, Ranidel De Ocampo and Jayson Castro all finished with 10.
Rappler reported that the Philippine team were in action for the fourth straight time day-on-day while their opponents had a day off on Wednesday.
Gilas headed to the fourth quarter with only a two-point lead over Japan off Terrence Romeo’s buzzer beater.
The final quarter kicked off with another basket by Romeo, extending Gilas lead to 4. This was followed by Matt Ganuelas-Rosser’s basket under the rim off the assist of 26-year-old PBA Draft number one pick Tautuaa.
Gary David and Jayson Castro sealed the victory for Gilas with back-to-back baskets from the three-point territory.
On Tuesday, Gilas handed the Russian team Spartak Primorye its first loss in the league in 85-71 off Ocampo and Romeo’s sizzling shooting.
Russia had defeated strong teams that included the United States, New Zealand, and Gilas tormentor South Korea.
Gilas will take on Iran in a battle on Thursday, 1 p.m.