Marcus Douthit battles out under the basket in their match against Japan. The Philippines defeated Japan, 90-71. Photo courtesy of FIBA Asia's Nuki Sabio.
By Karl Cedrick Basco

 Jeff Chan drained back-to-back triple in the opening minute of the third period to establish a commanding 16-point lead and the Gilas Pilipinas never looked back.

The Philippines unraveled relentless offense all-throughout the game to thwart Japan in a dominating 90-71 victory in their first game in the second round of 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday evening.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit paced the team registering game-high 19 point with 10 boards while Chan added 16 markers, 12 from downtown, and recovered from a heart-breaking loss against Chinese-Taipei.

Gilas showed dominance in the second half rallying a 22-7 run highlighted a three-point basket of L.A. Tenorio in 4:19 mark and a strong drive to the hoop of Marc Pingris and built a 25-point margin, 68-43.

Japheth Aguilar drew the crowd roaring as he scored a two-handed slam courtesy of Ranidel de Ocampo’s back pass with less than two minutes remaining in the third canto, 73-49.

Gary David, who has not been a big factor in the previous games of the squad, also gained a mammoth support in the arena as he went to a basket in the 3:05 mark and nailed a big three with 56.5 seconds remaining, 90-67, that wrapped the ball game.

Chot Reyes-mentored squad had a fiery start unleashing an early 9-2 salvo capped by a Douthit turn-around jumper plus a charity with 6:29 in the ticks. Japanese led by Kosuke Takeuchi and Naoto Tsuji rallied back to cut the deficit into one, 14-15.

 Gilas Pilipinas clinched its second win in Group E with 2-1 slate.

 JR Sakuragi finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while big man Takeuchi tallied 17 markers for the Japanese who dealt its second loss of the tourney.

 The Philippines will face the undefeated Qatar today, 8:15 PM, at the same venue.


Philippines 90 - Douthit 19, Chan 16, Tenorio 9, De Ocampo 9, Castro 7, Norwood 7, Aguilar 7, Alapag 6, David 5, Fonacier 3, Pingris 2, Fajardo 0
Japan 71 - Sakuragi 19, Takeuchi 17, Hiejima 9, Tsuji 8, Matsui 6, Kanamaru 4, Kurihara 2, Sakurai 2, Ota 2, Watanbe 2, Ichioka 0, Tanaka 0

Quarter scoring: 17-14, 46-36, 75-51, 90-71

Other results (August 5, 2013):

Qatar def. Jordan, 75-61; Chinese-Taipei def. Hong Kong, 94-55; Iran def. India, 102-58; China def. Kazakhstan, 73-67; Korea def. Bahrain, 96-51

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