Gilas Pilipinas loss their opening game in the 2017 William Jones Cup 77-90 to a much taller 3D Global Sports Canada on Saturday, July 15 in Taipei, Taiwan.
The Philippines struggled with execution early in the first half with 34-44 trail and only made 20 percent shots from three-point range, 37 percent overall and gave up 22 turnovers which lead to a huge advantage of the opponent.
Matthew Wright found his momentum after gaining eight points including two three-pointers to cut Canada's lead to 60-68 with 8:50 left to play.
Canada, on the other hand, brought back the lead to 15 points 80-65, with 6:45 to go on an alley-oop, two-handed jam by high-flyer Michale Kyser.
Kiefer Ravena led Gilas with 12 points, 5 boards, 3 dimes and 3 steals off the bench while Rayray Parks, Jr. added 11 points, with 5 rebounds, two assists and 3 steals, which turned the ball over 22 times and made 41 percent of its shots.
Gilas made 14 free throws of 21 attempts and gave up 40 free throws to the Canadians, who made 31, thus, the team was miserable 7-of-22 from beyond the arc and just recorded 9 assists.
Philippines will go against the Chinese Taipei (A) team in the second day of the tournament on Sunday, July 16.Video Highlights
Canada 90: Williamson 15, Haywood 12, Kapelan 12, Kyser 12, Wood 9, Smith 9, Friesen 8, Sutherland 5, Keith 4, Morgan 2, Bachynski 2.
Philippines 77: Ravena 12, Parks 11, Cruz 10, Wright 9, Standhardinger 9, Myers 7, Jalalon 5, Paras 4, Pogoy 4, Ferrer 3, Belo 3, Jose 0.
Quarter scores: 19-20; 44-34; 66-54, 90-77. Stats via jonescup.choxue.com.