Jones Cup 2017: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Iraq

Gilas Pilipinas faced Iraq in Day 6 of the 39th William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan. This was a competitive game with Gilas Pilipinas coming out as victors, 84-75.

Game Story

Both teams played with imports. Iraq had Demario Mayfield but he is reportedly already a naturalized Iraqi citizen. Gilas Pilipinas had Mike Myers and Fil-German Christian Stardhandinger. While Stanhardinger has Filipino blood running in his veins, he is considered a naturalized player by FIBA standards.

Iraq took the first frame 19-15 in this highly physical match. Iraq had 4 steals while Gilas Pilipinas had 5 turnovers in this opening frame. The Iraqis though had 3 players committing 2 fouls each, 2 of them their starting center and point guard, Mohammed Al Khafaji and Ali Aljuboori.

The Filipinos shocked Iraq with a 21-3 2nd quarter. Matthew Wright scored 8 points in that period but it was a well-balanced attacked with 6 different players scoring. Philippines had 4 steals here and the Iraqis had 8 turnovers.

It was a high-scoring 3rd quarter with both teams combining for 55 points. 6 Filipinos again scored in the 3rd period. Carl Bryan Cruz and Roger Pogoy led the charge with 7 points apiece. Demario Mayfield led the Iraqis with 14 in the quarter.

The game was competitive until the 4th quarter, Iraq scoring 26 to the Philippines 20. But it was not enough. 5 players from Gilas Pilipinas scored in double figures for the game: Michael Myers (16), Kiefer Ravena (13), Roger Ray Pogoy (12), Carl Bryan Cruz (10), and Jiovani Jalalon (10). Myers also grabbed 18 big rebounds. Ravena had 6 assists and Pogoy and Wright had 2 steals apiece.

The Iraqis were led by Demario Mayfield with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals. Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assists, and 2 steals. Help from the other guys was anemic.

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