Miraculous comebacks have been the patent of the 2012 Smart Gilas Team coached by Chot Reyes. To win the championship, a comeback has to be required. The Gilas led by L.A. Tenorio obliged to give the Philippines a 76-75 win over Team USA to win the William Jones Cup for the 4th time. By winning against the taller Americans, the Smart Gilas team upped their record to an unreachable 7-1 to assure the team of 1st place. It is the first Jones Cup title for the country since the Centennial team swept the competitions in 1998.
In today’s game, the Philippines found themselves down by 13 at 55-42 in the closing minutes of the third period. Tenorio conspired with Jeff Chan to trim down the deficit to just 8 points going into the final period at 59-51. Tenorio waxed hot in the opening minute of final quarter by scoring 5 points. A three-pointer by Gabe Norwood tied the ballgame at 59-all. Tenorio gave the Smart Gilas its first lead since the first quarter after hitting a floater. The game was knotted at 68 a piece after a jump shot by Curtis Marshall. James Justice gave the Americans another lead at 73-72 after a clutch three-point shot. Marcus Douthit took back the lead for the Gilas at 74-73 with 87 seonds left with a score in the paint. Jermaine Dearman gave the Americans their last lead at 75-74 with only 36 seconds left in the game clock. After a timeout, the Philippines took back the lead after Tenorio hiting a jumper off a two-man game with Douthit with just 16 seconds left. The Americans went empty-handed in the next possession with Tenorio grabbing the important rebound. USA was forced to foul Jeff Chan with 1.9 seconds left. Chan missed the first and he intentionally missed the second to slash more time off the game clock. The Americans had 0.9 seconds left to make a shot from a baseline inbound. The long heave went to the hands of Freddie Williams but his desperation shot was off the mark giving the Philippines the title.
The trio of Tenorio, Chan, and Douthit starred for the champions by combining 55 points. Tenorio topped the scoring with 20 including 11 in the final quarter. Chan had 5 triples while Douthit manned the paint with authority finishing with 17 points and 12 boards. Wayne Arnold and Justice had 17 each for the Americans who fell to 5-3 for the tournament.
SMART GILAS-PILIPINAS 76 – Tenorio 20, Chan 18, Douthit 17, Fonacier 9, Norwood 5, David 5, De Ocampo 2, Thoss 0, Mercado 0.
UNITED STATES 75 – Arnold 17, Justice 17, Marshall 14, Barnes 13, Dearman 10, Vandermeer 2, Reese 0, Williams 0.
Quarters: 12-13, 23-34, 51-59, 76-75.
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