Standhardinger steps up as Gilas bounces back

After a turnover-plagued debut, Gilas Pilipinas unleashed grit and hustle behind the brilliance of Christian Standhardinger and Matthew Wright to shock host Taiwan A, 88-72, and chalked up its first win in the Jones Cup on Sunday.

  • The big revelation: Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger delivered a fine performance for Gilas worthy of being a naturalized player, scattering an impressive statline of 17 points on 11 shots and grabbed 16 rebounds.
  • Wright on target: After struggling against Canada, sharpshooter Matthew Wright responded quickly to frustrate the home team and its crowd, firing 17 markers while igniting the national team’s run in the second quarter.
  • Better for Myers: Although still not a force to reckon with in the paint, import Mike Myers had himself a better outing as he submitted a near double-double of 9 points and 11 rebounds on top of 3 assists and 2 steals.
  • More disciplined: Gilas also took care of the ball better, committing only 3 turnovers at the half. They had 11 throughout the game, a better showing after their 22 miscues against Canada.
  • No injury please: Ray Parks suffered a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. He was carried to the bench and never returned.
  • Sweeping the host: Gilas looks to carry the momentum built around the morale-boosting victory as the Filipinos shoot for back-to-back win against Taiwan B on Monday.

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