The Philippine team kept their unblemished record in the ongoing Jones Cup 2016. The team, represented by the Mighty Sports club in the Philippines, improved to 4 wins with no defeats so far in the tournament.
Philippines romped over Japan, 87-66, on a Wednesday night in Taiwan. However, import players continues to lead the way for the team.
Interaksyon.com reported that former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) import Zach Graham led the team in scoring with 15 points and eight boards, while former Korean League import Dewarick Spencer came up with 14 points. Former NBA player Al Thornton and former NBA draftee Vernon Macklin scored 11 points each.
Meanwhile, the other two imports, Mike Singletary and Hamady N’Diaye got a total of 9 points and 8 points, respectively. In addition, N’Diaye accumulated 10 rebounds and five blocks in the game.
On the other hand, local players for the Philippines also got their fair share in the scoring column. With the game already out of hand in the first half, Filipino players got their own scores. Sunday Salvacion got 5 points, while Jeric Teng, Larry Rodriguez and TY Tang, all got 4 points respectively.
Only Edrick Ferrer did not score for the team as he did not play in the game.
Iran, meanwhile, suffered its first defeat in the tournament. The team is made up of young and inexperienced players of their national team. They were defeated by South Korea, 67-50.
The Koreans shot the lights-out from the field going for 55.56% on 20-36 shooting. They are led by starter Kim Sun-hyung and bench forwards Heo Il-young and Kim Jun-yi. Iran is paced with the 13 points from Behnam Yakhchali.
Philippines is now left at the top of the standings. They only need to sweep their remaining four games to win the championship.
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