Jordan rode on new naturalized player Darquavis Tucker’s first half offensive as the perennial West Asia basketball powerhouse team clobbered Gilas 5.0, 119-105 in the FIBA Asia Challenge on Wednesday in Tehran, Iran.
The 6-foot-4 Tucker ran rings around his Gilas defenders to finish with 37 points, going 1-of-15 from the floor, while grabbing six rebounds and adding two assists as Jordan advanced to the quarterfinal round.
The Jordanians, who led by as much as 29 points entering the last period, join fellow Group E squads China, Chinese Taipei and India in the next round.
The Filipinos, who scored a 10-point win over Kazakhstan the day before, dropped to the classification phase with the loss.
Von Pessumal led Gilas with 30 points, built around his 9-of-12 shooting from the field.
Former Far Eastern University stalwarts Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo added 19 and 17 markers, respectively. – John Bryan Ulanday
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Jordan 119 – Tucker 37, Alawadi 21, Abbas 7, Bzai 6, Eid 6, Abuwazaneh 2, Abu Hawwas 2, Kanaan 0
Philippines 105 – Pessumal 30, Tolomia 19, Belo 17, Perez 10, Daquioag 8, Javier 6, Pogoy 6, Ferrer 5, Van Opstal 2, Escoto 2, Cruz 0, Gotladera 0
32-20, 65-45, 99-70, 119-105