Day 2: Philippines silence clueless Taiwan

中華曾文鼎(右)菲律賓多希特(左)
[Tseng Wen-ting vs. Marcus Douthit]

If this tournament is the Asian Championship, Taiwan is in deep trouble. Fortunately, it’s not.

The Philippines outplayed host Taiwan on both ends of the court from start to finish, scoring a 90-78 convincing victory on Taiwan’s home turf behind support of hundreds of passionate Filipino fans — as usual — Sunday night.

Taiwan’s closest neighbor to the south is now tied 2-0 with Jordan and Korea after two days.

With starting center Tseng Wen-ting committing two quick fouls in the first quarter and Wu Tai-hao sitting out the game due to injury, Taiwan had no answer against Philippines’ twin tower of Marcus Douthit, who had a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, and agile J.P Aguilar, who had 12 points, and trailed by as many as 20 in the second half.

Douthit and Aguilar were extremely active and effective offensively and defensively. Led by Joseph Casio, Donaldo Hontiveros and Marcio Lassiter, the Philippine backcourt was able to penetrate, kick-out and score against a passive Taiwan defense for almost the entire game.

Philippines NT was also able to execute its half-court sets with efficiency as the big guys set solid picks for wing players and the entire team executed a beautiful inside-outside game.

I don’t mean to take anything away from the Philippines, who very much deserved to win this game, but there was one thing to ponder. For the second consecutive game, Taiwan head coach Chou Jun-san put all of his 12 guys on the court before the halftime buzzer and kept substituting players in and out the entire game, even when the team was making a run.

I don’t have any proof, but it looked to me that Chou intended to use this tournament as a TRUE warm-up tourney to evaluate players’ performance before the more important FIBA Asia Championship next month.

Defensively, Taiwan’s backcourt had trouble to keep up with the quicker Philippine guards and the inside players were clueless against taller Douthit and Aguilar. Taiwan’s defense failed to contain the Philippines’ mid-range game either.

Offensively it’s even worse. The team shot a miserable 35 percent. There was no half-court set to speak of. And, at one point, it seemed that no one wanted to shoot.

There is still time for Taiwan to regroup and tune up. Hopefully, Chou and technical adviser Bob Hill are able to make things happen quickly in time for the big prize — the Asian Championship in Wuhan, China.

Philippines 90-78 Taiwan (Half 49-36)
PHI: M. Douthit 23+9, A.P. Aguilar 12, J. Casio 10, C. Lutz 9, D. Hontiveros 9
TWN: Chen Hsin-an 17, Tseng Wen-ting 14+8, Lin Chih-chieh 13

Standings:
Jordan 2-0
Korea 2-0
Philippines 2-0
Taiwan 1-1
Iran 1-1
Japan 0-2
Malaysia 0-2
UAE 0-2

中華張宗憲(後)菲律賓萊斯特(前)
Jet Chang, Taiwan

中華陳信安(右)菲律賓提優(左)
Chen Hsin-an, Taiwan

(Photos: CTBA)

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17 thoughts on “Day 2: Philippines silence clueless Taiwan

  1. This article is BIAS.

    What do you mean you’re not taking anything away from the Philippine team?
    Of course you are.

    What is this lame excuse that the Taiwanese team were just warming up when they lose to the much experienced Philippine team? Plain SOUR GRAPE!

    The Taiwanese should have warmed themselves up long before they start playing at the Jones Cup!

  2. It’s really just a warm-up game,isn’t it?If Taiwan won the champion and fail to make the quarterfinal in Asian Championship,It means nothing at all.

    Philippine also defeated defending champion Iran in the first game.All I can say is that Philippine NT has done a good job in Jones Cup but it may be another story in Asian Championship.

  3. Honestly, I’m tired of replying Filipino fans like you EVERY YEAR during the Jones Cup. However, I believe there are a lot more reasonable Filipino fans out there.

    I offered my observation in this personal blog, that’s it. Long-time readers know I’m one of the toughest critics of Taiwan basketball and Taiwan NT.

    Once again, I wrote Philippines deserved to win because they played a good game. There was no motivation for me to find excuses for Taiwan’s failure.

    And if you insist on interpreting my story in the wrong way, it’s a pity. Maybe I should have written that the Philippine NT is the best team in Asia.

    1. Why get tired of replying to a Filipino fan like me?
      Be professional.
      If you’re sick and tired, then don’t write!
      You said you’re tough? Hardly.
      You can’t choose your reader!
      And are you aware that “YOU CAN NOT PLEASE EVERYONE”.

      With much appreciation.

  4. I got tired of replying guys like you who described everything they’re not happy with “a bias” and called my story “takes side” when you don’t even visit my blog if it’s not for the Jones Cup. But I won’t stop writing because of guys like you. That’s for sure.

  5. who cares about anyone’s blog?

    I came across your blog when I tried to google the Jones Cup.

    This is not a mature reaction from a PROFESSIONAL WRITER!

    Wake up. Be mature.

    1. One thing about this blog, the blogger protects himself by moderating the comments in HIS FAVOR!
      Taiwan is a free country, ISN’T IT?
      Especially here in Taiwan, every single one expresses their opinions, be right or wrong. Everyone here practices their RIGHTS.
      I am entitled to my own point of view just like everyone else even the beggar down the alley.
      I have all the rights to say my own personal perspective.
      Respect everyone’s RIGHTS.

  6. I have a question for the writer. The HK referee seems to be biased toward Taiwan! What is your take about that? And another question! Where is Jeremy Lin? I want to see the guy play T_T

  7. @Taiyen,
    I learned a long time ago that FIBA officiating is very much different and sometimes it plainly sucks. And just like any other FIBA-sanctioned tournament, the refs favor the home team most of the time. I don’t deny that, and I sometimes despise that — even when the refs are favoring Taiwan. However, that’s the hard cold truth about international competitions. And that’s why everyone wants to host the important tournaments, because home team tends to do better at home for various reasons.

    About the HK ref you mentioned, I have no idea. Like I said, FIBA officiating is always up and down and varies from game to game, depending on wo the refs are.

    Jeremy Lin is in the middle of his Taiwan trip, but he won’t play for Taiwan anytime soon, citing injuries.

  8. YOu are right. And i guess it went the same for all Asian team during the Jones Cup. All of them were gauging their strengths and weaknesses by experimenting their plays and player substitutions. Apparently, the Philippines did a good execution of their tests against Taiwan this time. I feel that Taiwan will bounce back in the Asian Championship. But for sure the Philippines will give all the teams some fierce dignified fight.

  9. Wow! Even here? There was a battle between Philippinos and Chinese (of taiwan) but beween the writer and the reader? LOL!
    Well, I just came a across on this old article. Well, I know this is late but now with the results in Asia FIBA 2011 everyone now has a concrete answer. And the Philipinos proves again (in FIBA) that they can easily handled Chinese Taiwan team like what they did in previous Jonescups. I just noticed the Philippinos guards were too good for Chinese taiwan, they can really execute a play to make their bigman get the score. That was the difference.

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