JARVIS James Hayes of Qatar, CJ Giles of Bahrain, and Gilas Pilipinas’ Marcus Douthit emerged as the top offensive and defensive players halfway through the preliminaries of the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship.
Hayes, a member of the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft Class topbilled by superstar Lebron James, leads the tournament in scoring with an average of 22.50 in two games with the Qataris on a high 62 percent shooting.
The No. 10 pick in 2003 draft is just a shade ahead of another NBA player in Hamed Hadadi of Iran, who averaged 22.0 in three matches and is shooting 64 percent from the field. The 7-foot-2 Iranian is showing the way in two-point field goals with a 16.67 average.
No Gilas Pilipinas player made it to the top of the tournament’s scoring list.
Douthit however, is making a case for himself as one of the tournament’s top defenders as he is the current frontrunner in the blocked shots department with 2.33 per game, ahead of Giles and Singh Amritpal of India, who are tied in second place with identical average of 2.0.
The Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player is also in the top five among rebounding leaders at 10.0 per outing for fourth place.
Giles, the former Kansas Jayhawk and originally eyed as Smart Gilas’ naturalized player, paces the rebounding department with 14.67 per game, followed by Mohammed Almarwani of Saudi Arabia (11.0), and Chinese-Taipei naturalized player Quincy Davis (10.33).
Top assists man is Jerri Jamar Johnson of Kazakhstan with 7.33, with our very own LA Tenorio landing in 10th spot with 3.33.
Jeff Chan made it in the top 10 of three-point field goal shooting with a total of 21 in three games for an average of 7.0 per game to place at No. 10.
Cheng Ju-lu, the man who tormented Gilas Pilipinas from beyond the arc in Chinese-Taipei’s come-from-behind 84-79 win, is the best three-point shooter in the league with 39 made in three games.
Chan and Larry Fonacier meanwhile, are among the leaders in three-point field goal shooting, with Chan shooting 50 percent (7-of-14) for ninth place, and Fonacier making it in fourth with 63 percent (7-of-11).
Malaysian Hong Hoong Gan ranked No. 1 three-point shooting percentage with 85.71 (6-of-7).