Photos by Winston Baltasar / Write-ups by Sid Ventura and Carlo Pamintuan
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Gilas pulls away late to fend off hard-fighting Chinese Taipei by Sid Ventura
Gilas Pilipinas found itself in an early hole and in a dogfight for most of the game before finally putting away a pesky Chinese Taipei side, 90-83, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Jayson Castro again led the way for gilas with 20 points, while June Mar Fajardo added 17. Naturalized player Quincy Davis III had 20 for the visitors, but only four in the second half.
Jayson Castro is still the stabilizing force behind Gilas Pilipinas by Carlo Pamintuan
“Jayson Castro was the last player to get dressed after Smart Gilas Pilipinas defeated Chinese Taipei, 90-83, inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Monday to close the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Many of his teammates have already left the dugout, but June Mar Fajardo and Matthew Wright waited for their team’s leader. Castro massaged his legs and looked to Fajardo…”