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    Gilas puts together best offensive performance yet in Jones Cup hammering of India

    Jul 22, 2017
    Von Pessumal came off the bench to provide the spark for Gilas. Photo from CTBA

    TAIPEI - Gilas Pilipinas put together its best offensive performance yet in the 39th Jones Cup, dealing hapless India a 101-70 beating on Saturday at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium.

    Gunners Von Pessumal, Matthew Wright and Almond Vosotros rained threes on India's zone defense as Gilas essentially wrapped up the win as early as the second quarter while bringing cheer to Filipino migrants on their weekend off.

    "The central theme going to this game is that we want to respect the opponent because we know India has some good players," said head coach Chot Reyes. "But at the same time, we also want to respect the game."

    Gilas' youngsters did more than that, unleashing their full offensive arsenal that saw them making 17 of 36 shots from beyond the three-point arc for a 47 percent clip while reaching the century mark for the first time in the 10-nation, nine-day showpiece.

    Wright went 5-of-5 from three-point land and finished with a team-high 19 points in just 14 minutes while Pessumal added four three-pointers for 14 points.

    Vosotros, a PBA free agent who has been part of the Gilas program since 2015, also made four treys as Gilas improved to 5-3 (win-loss) with a game left to play against Iran on Sunday.

    [See Breakout games from Vosotros, Pessumal bode well for SEA Games team]

    Amjyot Singh Gill, an agile 6-10 forward, led India (0-8) with 22 points and it was his 16-point explosion in the first quarter that kept Gilas from pulling away.

    But once the floodgates opened, India couldn't put a lid on it.

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    Pessumal hit three three-pointers and Wright added two treys off the bench when Gilas outscored India, 27-7, in the second quarter to open as much as a 46-24 spread.

    Vosotros joined the scoring parade in the final period, hitting 11 straight points in one torrid stretch that saw Gilas' lead reach a high of 37 points, 94-57, with 4:20 minutes to go.

    [See By learning to take it slow, Kobe Paras hastens his growth as a player]

    The scores:

    GILAS 101 - Wright 19, Pessumal 14, Vosotros 14, Standhardinger 10, Cruz 9, Daquioag 8, Tolomia 8, Jalalon 7, Jose 4, Myers 4, Gotladera 2, Ravena 2.

    INDIA 70 - Gill 25, Pandi 14, Sivakumar 7, Poiyamoshi 5, Philip 5, G. Hafeez 5, Gill 4, Gowda 3, Reddy 2.

    Quarterscores: 27-24; 54-31; 80-55; 101-70

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    Von Pessumal came off the bench to provide the spark for Gilas. Photo from CTBA
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