Mike Myers’ double-double helps Gilas to upstage Iraq

Gilas Pilipinas overpowered Iraq, 84-75, in the Jones Cup 2017 on Thursday, at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymansium.

To make sure that Gilas would not be subdued again, Gilas built a 14 point lead at the half. Also, Gilas Pilipinas weas 7-for-21 outside the arc after delivering a 1-for-26 in a defeat to South Korea in the previous game.

With a strong performance inside, Mike Myers had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Gilas. Myers dominated the inside that Iraq couldn’t contain him. With the inside game, Kiefer Ravena scored 13 points while RR Pogoy added 12 points.

Because of a higher percentage in shooting from the outside, Gilas was more spread in the offense that helped Carl Bryan Cruz and Jio Jalalon to score 10 points each. Matthew Wright was limited to eight points.

Iraq inched closer, trailing only by six points, 79-73, in the final minute but could not dismantle the defense of Gilas. Demario Mayfield hd a superb performance by posting 29 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals.

Gilas will have a showdown with Lithuania on Friday. Gilas record is at 4-2.

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