by John Paul Marquez

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Coming out with surprise, San Beda’s pride Garvo Lanete scratched 21 points to lead the Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 in a win contra Chinese-Taipei Guang Hua, 99-68, in the 34th Williams Jones Cup last August 19.

The Gilas dominated the game after stretching their lead to 22 at the end of the first half, 53-31. After that they never looked back and they never let the Guang Hua get their momentum. Larry Fonacier and Sonny Thoss also contributed with 12 points each. They ended the third with a 75-49 lead.

Gabe Norwood also put up a show with alley-oop and slam. The Philippines made a 7-0 run to at least officially seal the deal after Thoss’ lay-up in the 4:59 mark. On that win, the Gilas improved their record to 2-0 after their won last day against one of the power house team Jordan. On the other hand, Guang Hua hooked their second loss in the league still no win for them.

Garvo Lanete the brother of PBA Player Chico Lanete who currently played for the Petron Blaze Booster, is the only amateur player in the roster of Gilas 2.0, after he pulled-out his application form in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft.

Gilas' next assignment will be South Korea on August 21 after their one day rest. They will try to be on the top until the last day of the league to get the championship after a long time.

There will be no play-offs in this tournament, the team with the best record will automatically win the championship.

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