Jason Castro goes for a strong drive in their match against Jordan. Gilas Pilipinas defeated Jordan, 77-71 | Photo courtesy of Yahoo Philippines
By Kathleen Vicho

No jitters anymore.

Gilas Pilipinas leaned on their balance offense and defense in the last two quarters to upend the much taller Jordan team, 77-71, in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the MOA Arena yesterday evening.

Down by five coming into the third canto, Gilas outscored the Jordanians 24-9, through the defensive efforts of Gabe Norwood including couples of offensive rebounds while Jeff Chan and Jason Castro led the offense highlighted by fast breaks and three-point baskets to steal the driver seat, 57-47.

Norwood showed a classic performance tallying eight points and rebounds with two blocks a steals while Chan and Castro conspired for 33 productions to spearhead the team in clinching its second straight victory in the tourney, 2-0.

Jordanians tried to regroup in the fourth frame with Mohammed Hadrab launched a three pointer with 2:50 left on the clock closing the gap to eight, 71-63 however Gilas’ team captain Jimmy Alapag drained a three two pull away for good in the game.

Gilas’ slow paced and sluggish performance left them with a four point deficit in the first quarter, 16-20 as only naturalized Marcus Douthit and Castro handling the offense.

Hadrab led the Jordan squad with game-high 19 points while Jimmy Baxter added 14 markers. The team tasted its second loss, 0-2.

The team will be facing Chinese Taipei today, 8PM, at the Mall of Asia Arena to wrap their preliminary games.

Meanwhile, Iran defeated South Korea earlier yesterday with 76-65 while India won over Thailand 85-65.


Philippines 77 - Chan 17, Castro 16, De Ocampo 11, Douthit 11 , Norwood 8 ,Aguilar 6,Tenorio 3,Alapag 3, David 2, Fonacier 0, Fajardo 0, Pingris 0. 

Jordan 71 - Hadrab 19, Baxter 14, Al-sous 13, Hussein 9, Abdeen 6, Alhamarsheh 3, Abu Ruqayah 3, Zaghab 2, Abuqoura 2, Alfaraj 0, Alnajjar 0. 

Quarters: 16-20, 33-38, 57-47, 77-71 

Other results (August 2, 2013):

Chinese Taipei def. Saudi Arabia, 90-67; Japan def. Hong Kong 76-59; China def. Malaysia, 113-22; Iran def. Korea, 76-56; Kazakhstan def. Bahrain 79-76 (OT); India def. Thailand, 89-65

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