Gilas Pilipinas gained 3-1 standing after defeating Japan 100-85 (Video Highlights)

Gilas Pilipinas turned to Mike Myers, Christian Standhardinger and Matthew Wright to get their third victory in the 39th William Jones Cup against Japan on Tuesday, July 18 with a final score of 100-85.

Import Mike Myers registered another double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Fil-German Christian Standhardinger posted his own double-double performance with 22 points and 15 rebounds on 10-of-12 shooting for Philippines.

Wright scored 15 and 4 assists. Jio Jalalon added 11 points and two steals, Kiefer Ravena contributed 11 points and four assists.

The 6-8 Standhardinger and Myers duo helped the Philippines dominate the boards, 49-35, against Japan's Under-24 side.

For the second time, Gilas found itself in a dogfight against a team it was expected to beat handily, trailing by six points, 47-53, deep into the third quarter.

After entering the fourth quarter at 66-all, Gilas Pilipinas blew the game wide open, beginning with a pair of backcourt steals leading to a layup from Jio Jalalon and a 3 from Carl Bryan Cruz to take a 77-73 lead.

The Philippines experienced a late scare as Jalalon appeared to hurt his left leg and failed to play in the game’s final minute after Japan’s Shuto Ando fell into him.

Gilas will play a crucial face-off against longtime rival, South Korea on Wednesday at 5 pm.

Video Highlights

The scores:

Philippines 100 - Standhardinger 22, Myers 17, Wright 15, Ravena 11, Jalalon 11, Cruz 7, Pessumal 6, Pogoy 5, Paras 4, Tolomia 2, Gotladera 0.

Japan 85 - Sugiura 22, Vendrame 12, Hiraiwa 12, Hara 12, Ando 11, Nomoto 9, Tawatari 5, Ikuhara 2, Sato 0, Taichi 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 41-42, 66-66, 100-85. Stats via jonescup.choxue.com.

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