Gilas Women conclude Jones Cup run with loss vs. Japan
Gilas Women conclude Jones Cup run with loss vs. Japan
Gilas Women conclude Jones Cup run with loss vs. Japan
by Mhillen Nicole Borja10 August 2023
Photo courtesy: Gilas Pilipinas Women’s Basketball

Gilas Women concluded their William Jones Cup journey in Taiwan with another defeat as they were unable to contain the sharp-shooting Chanson V-Magic of Japan, who secured a 95-88 victory on Wednesday, August 9.

Kimika Takonahashi proved to be a formidable force, delivering an impressive 32-point performance highlighted by eight three-pointers.

Despite the valiant efforts of the 16-time Women’s Japan Basketball League champions, Chanson V Magic, Gilas Women struggled to hold their ground.

Janine Pontejos showcased her shooting prowess, contributing 20 points with four successful three-pointers for the Filipinas.


However, the Japanese club exhibited exceptional performance across the board, finishing their campaign with an undefeated 5-0 record.

Even after falling behind by a significant margin of 12 points during the first half, Gilas Women fought back and managed to gain a narrow 68-65 advantage entering the final quarter.

Despite their efforts, Takonahashi swiftly responded with consecutive three-pointers, pushing Chanson V-Magic ahead at 77-71.

Jack Animam led the Gilas Women's effort with an impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.


Unfortunately, their strong performance wasn't enough to secure a win as they concluded the tournament with only one victory, which they secured against Iran with a score of 64-60 on the previous Sunday.

With their focus now shifting towards the Asian Games in China set for September, Gilas Women are gearing up for their next challenge.

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