WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan Top 5 Plays of the Game


The game between Gilas Pilipinas and Japan saw a lot of highlight-worthy plays, but these are the ones that stood out. Check out the Smart Top 5 Plays! #LabanPilipinas #FIBAWCQonESPN5

Sports5さんの投稿 2017年11月24日(金)

Gilas Pilipinas warded off a strong challenge by Japan en route to a 77-71 victory on Friday night at the Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo at the start of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Jayson Castro led the Philippines with 20 points, including a dagger three-pointer that gave Gilas a 75-69 lead, halting a furious Japanese rally, with 1:16 left. The veteran Gilas point guard also finished with seven rebounds and six assists.

Andray Blatche added 13 markers, 12 boards, and 3 blocks as Gilas Pilipinas nailed its first win in the newly reformatted home-and-away Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Matthew Wright added 12 points while Gabe Norwood chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 dimes.

The Filipinos will head back home to Manila on Saturday to prepare for their home game against Chinese Taipei on Monday in the continuation of the qualifiers.