Philippines wins 2012 Jones Cup over US

Philippines vs US 2012 Jones Cup final score

Smart Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team clinched the 2012 Jones Cup title by beating team United States, 76-75 in their August 26 match. Down by as much as 14 in the third quarter, players LA Tenorio and Marcus Douthit powered the Philippine team’s successful title bid. Tenorio scored most of his game-high 20 points in the final period.

Like in past tournaments, this year’s Jones Cup follows a single round robin format. The Philippines men’s national basketball team won the gold medal by ending the tournament with the best win-loss record. As of posting time, the the next three positions in the team standings has not been finalized.

After dominating the first two quarters, the American team wavered in the dying minutes of the third quarter, allowing the nationals to cut the deficit to eight. Tenorio went on to score seven of the Philippines’ first nine points in the final canto. A shootout from both squads turned the game into a seesaw battle until its final moments.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas wins 2012 Jones Cup championship
Smart Gilas Pilipinas wins 2012 Jones Cup championship (Credit: Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants Facebook page)

This is the country’s fourth Jones Cup crown, while the United States has won the tournament 15 times. The Philippines last topped the Jones Cup tournament in 1998 (courtesy of the Philippine Centennial team under the mentorship of then-Alaska Milkmen head coach Tim Cone). Veteran mentor Chot Reyes is now on his second stint as Smart Gilas Pilipinas head coach. The win snaps a decade of heartbreaking losses for the Philippines to teams such as South Korea and Jordan, which began during the 2002 Asian Games.

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PS: The team that carried the US banner in this year’s Jones Cup is not the one that won the gold in the recently-concluded 2012 London Olympics, which was led by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. However, it must be understood that the US has never sent a team composed of NBA superstars to this particular tournament.

Smart Gilas wins 2012 Jones Cup title, 76-75!

0.9 seconds, PH leads US 76-75 – US with possession

4.5 seconds PH leads US, 76-75

0:08, PH 76- US 75 – PH with possession!

0:19: PH 76, US 75

0:36: US 75, PH 74

1:24: PH 74, US 73

2:10: US 73, PH 72

2:26: PH 72, US 70

3:01: PH 70, US 70

3:53: PH 70, US 68

4:40: PH 68, US 68

5:35: US 66, PH 65

5:39: US 66, PH 64

6:26: PH 64, US 63

7:08: PH 62, USA 61

7:45: PH 61, USA 59 (LA Tenorio scoring 9 7 points in this quarter alone)

8:22: USA 59, PH 59

9:01: USA 59, PH 56 (After a 3-point shot by LA Tenorio)

9:27: USA 59, PH 53

3rd quarter

0:00: USA 59 – PH 51

0:39: USA, 59, PH, 49

1:27: USA 57, PH, 44

2:34: USA 54 – PH, 44

*What can you say about this win by Team Pilipinas? 🙂

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

7 Comments on Philippines wins 2012 Jones Cup over US

  1. The best is yet to come soon. We still have to try the combination of Kelly Williams, Jay Washington, Joe de Vance and Jun Fajardo for more power inside. Castro and Alapag for more speed. James Yap and Arwind Santos for more shooters. Until finally we screened and retain the best. Just like in the Jones Cup – Douthit, Tenorio, Chan, Fonacier, Mercado, De Ocampo and Thoss have proven themselves worthy to stay with the team.

    • Nice line-ups you have there. I just hope politics won’t stand in the way of our basketball program again. Yesterday, I was told that Rajko Toroman will no longer be involved with Smart Gilas since he is already with the San Miguel group.

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