Gilas Pilipinas beat Japan led by Castro

Gilas Pilipinas defeated Japan, 77-71 led by Jayson Castro with 20 points (3/5 from 3) along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists in their 1st game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers held in Tokyo.

Andray Blatche with a double double – 13 points and 12 rebounds. Matthew Wright scored 12 points while Gabe Norwood with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Jayson ‘The Blur’ Castro also made a couple of crucial baskets in the 4th quarter. Philippines shot 44.2% from the field while Japan shot only 36.2% at home.

Makoto Hiejima led Japan with 20 points while Ira Brown with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Next game for Gilas Pilipinas will be against Chinese-Taipei on November 27 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Gilas Pilipinas 77 – Castro 20, Blatche 13, Wright 12, Norwood 10, Fajardo 6, Abueva 5, Aguilar 5, Pogoy 5, Ravena 1, Alas 0, Rosario 0.

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