by John Paul Marquez

TAIPEI- Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 started their campaign by beating Jordan, 88-78, in the opening day of the 34th William Jones Cup last August 18.

Naturalized Center Marcus Douthit led the Gilas with 17 points and 14 boards with only limited time after he picked his second foul early in the first. Ranidel De Ocampo tallied the first seven points for the Gilas, 7-3, for a total of his eight points, ending the quarter 25-16, in favor of the Philippines. In the second the Jordan dropped a 15-8 bomb led by Rasheim Wright who got 24 markers, to take the lead for the Jordan, 34-33, with 1:31 left in the second. With Alaska’s Center Sonny Thoss put-back, he recovered the lead for the PH, 35-37, but Jordan kept their lead before going to the dug-out, 39-36.

In the third Douthit hooked his 3rd foul with 7:56, as Wright continued stretching their lead to eight, 48-40. Another Aces player LA Tenorio surged back to bind the score at 48 and the 2012 Governor’s Cup Finals MVP Jeff Chan notched a three for his total of 11 to regain the lead for the PH, 51-48. Wright and the rest of the Jordanian missed those easy shots including free lay-ups. Points continue to fall for the PH, and De Ocampo converted with a buzzer beater three to list the biggest lead on the game at 12, 66-54.

Jordan made a little rally at the start of the quarter but PH hot shot Gary David fouled at the rainbow country, David dishes with 14 points. Jordan still managed to slice the lead into two points, 76-74. With Gabe Norwood and Sol Mercado connection a former teammate in Welcoat/Rain or Shine, they extended their lead and added the trey of Larry Fonacier who also contributed with 10, which led to 83-74 and Marcus Douthit sealing the deal with a two-handed jam with 44 ticks left, 85-76.

The newly formed Gilas 2.0 is composed of some PBA players like Talk N’ Text Larry Fonacier and Ranidel De Ocampo, Alaska’s LA Tenorio, Sonny Thoss and Mac Baracael, Meralco’s JR Reyes and Sol Mercado, Powerade and now Global Port’s Gary David, Reigning Governor’s Cup Champion Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine and the only San Miguel Corporation Player Enrico Villanueva of Ginebra. This also includes San Beda’s Garvo Lanete, newly recruit Matt Ganuela Rosser and the naturalized 6’10 center and original Gilas member Marcus Douthit and their mentor is former Talk N’ Text head coach Chot Reyes.

On the other game, Iran defeat Lebanon, 89-74, South Korea won over Taiwan B, 109-83 and Taiwan triumph against Japan, 82-57. Philippines' next game will be on August 19 as they face Taiwan Guang Hua at the same venue.

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