Japan sent its Team B in this year’s competition but their has been been able to keep up with most of Asia’s best. They even led by 3 after 3 quarters against the vaunted Pilipinas Smart-Gilas. PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros led a 16-2 run to help the Philippines take the lead for good and drained the fighting spirit of the pesky Japanese team.
Marcus Douhit dominated the inside to finish with 32 points and 18 rebounds. He was backed up by Hontiveros, Chris Tiu, and Marico Lassiter who all finished in double figures. Keijuro Matsui was stellar in leading Japan with 27 points from a perfect 8 out of 8 in the 3-point area.
The Philippines will battle Iran in the semifinals of the 33rd William Jones Cup without star shooter JV Casio. The other semifinal pairing will be between Korea and the hosts, Taiwan.
Smart-Gilas Pilipinas 94 — Douthit 32, Hontiveros 14, Tiu 11, Lassiter 11, Lutz 9, Barroca 8, Aguilar 7, Taulava 2, Casio 0, Baracael 0, Ballesteros 0, Ababou 0.
Japan 78 — Matsui 27, Nishimura 11, Okada 9, Hinkley 8, Ota 7, Shonaka 5, Togashi 5, Ito 4, Arao 2, Kamata 0, Noguchi 0, Sakai 0.
Quarter scores: 24-20; 49-44; 65-68; 94-78.