Smart Gilas Pilipinas ripped Chinese Taipei for the second time and finished its Jones Cup campaign in 3rd place overall.
After Iran made an upset last Saturday that ruined Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ chance to vie for the title, the Philippine team faced host country on Sunday to battle for 3rd place. And they won with a score of 82-72 which is good for 3rd place in the just concluded 2011 Jones Cup which was held at the Hsinjhuang stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
CHINESE TAIPEI 72 — Chien C. 26, Chen S. 13, Su 9, Lee 6, Chen H. 4, Lu 4, Creighton 3, Chang 2, Ho 2
The quarterscores were: 22-16; 43-34; 62-49; 82-72
This is actually the Philippines third time to finish third in the basketball tournament. The first one was in 2005 and the second was in 2007.
However, in the last century, the Philippines emerged triumphant in the Jones Cup three times! They won the title in 1981 with NCC, also in 1985 with San Miguel Beer and in 1998 with the Centennial Team.