Sunday, August 26, 2012

Philippines beat UPG for Jones Cup gold

L.A. Tenerio made a go-ahead and winning jumper with 20 seconds left as the Philippines rallied in the second half to beat UPG 76-75 and clinch its first William Jones Cup tournament title in 14 years.

The Philippines outscored the Americans 25-16 in the final period and 53-41 in the second half, with the competition became a see-saw game since the latter half of the third period and both teams traded baskets until the last minute.

The Philippines won the tourney with a 7-1 record, dropping the only game to Lebanon. UPG finished with 5-3.

The Philippines last won the Jones Cup in 1998, when the Centennial Team took home its third Jones Cup title.