Ros First win Williams Jones Cup

ROS survives Iran in 2OTs for first William Jones Cup win

ANGE Kouame and Anton Assistio answered the call for Rain or Shine as they delivered in the clutch to survive a gritty Iran side in double overtime, 98-90, for its first-ever win in the 42nd William Jones Cup on Wednesday.

The naturalized player stood at the forefront of a closing 10-2 Elasto Painters run in the second extra period that took the fight out of the Iranians at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium.

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Assistio capped the scoring job by nailing a long three-pointer before Leonard Santillan put the exclamation point with a completed three-point play for the final count.

Until the telling run`, the game was nip and tuck affair and was tied for the last time at 88-all.

The win was the first for coach Yeng Guiao and the Elasto Painters, who previously lost all of their first four outings, including two winnable games against the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The celebration may be short for Rain or Shine, though, as it faces Anyang KGC on Thursday. Anyang, which sports a 2-1 slate in a tie for third with Chinese Taipei-B, is the reigning champion of the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and the East Asia Super League.

Reinserted for defensive purposes, Gabe Norwood subsequently executed a pivotal stop, enabling Asistio to locate Kouame beneath the basket and solidify the victory for Rain or Shine.

Kouame led Rain or Shine with 20, including 14 points in the two extra periods when he practically carried the team on his broad shoulders.

The 6-foot-11 former Ateneo stalwart, who also added nine rebounds and nine block shots, accounted for all the points of the Elasto Painters in the first extra period, which ended at 83-all.

Andrei Caracut finished with 19 points and Santillan with 17, as they were responsible for giving Rain or Shine its most significant lead of the game at 72-58 in the fourth period.

But the Iranians, the same team which Gilas Pilipinas beat in the Heyuan WUS International Basketball Tournament in Guandong, China recently, crawled their way back and went on a massive 16-2 run to catch up with the Elasto Painters, 74-74, at the end of regulation.

Amir Azari had 16 points, and Ali Reza Sharifi and Amir Yazarloo with 15 each for Iran, which fell to a 1-3 record.

Jones Cup Standing 2023

University of California-Irvine (USA)6011
Chinese Taipei Blue-A408
Anyang KGC (Korea)418
Chinese Taipei White-B226
Qatar NT237
United Arab Emirates NT237
Iran NT B135
Rain or Shine (Philippines)166
Japan U22 NT044

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