Thursday, June 27, 2013

Basketball Rivalry: Philippines and Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

This was an old post of mine I posted a couple of years ago (2011 FIBA Asia Championship) about the rivalry of two of the oldest national basketball teams in Asia. The Philippines-Taiwan basketball rivalry goes back to as early as the 1950s and the Philippines played against them more than 20 times in several tournaments and friendlies.

Taiwan was the first Asian team to upset the Philippines in the post-war period, and they ended the country's 37 years (1921-1958) unbeaten streaks in Asia during the 1958 Asian Games. In 1999 William Jones Cup tournament, the game between Taiwan and the Philippines prematurely ended with the biggest brawl in the tournament's history since the Taiwan-South Korea brawl in 1987. The Philippines withdrew from the tournament and failed to defend the title won by the Philippine Centennial Team in 1998. Almost ten years after the brawl, the Philippines' entry (Harbour Centre-sponsored Philippine national team) for the 2008 William Jones Cup was denied by the organizers believing that an all-pro, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)-backed national team will generate more money and attract more Filipino crowds in Taiwan. In response, the Philippines did not send any delegation in that year's tournament. In 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, Taiwanese players were quoted that they were not happy with the cheap shots committed by their opponents, referring to the injury sustained by their teammate Lee Hseuh-lin after he was hit by the Philippines' JV Casio.

Anyway, the recent political tension between the Philippines and Taiwan made me want to revive this old post.

On May 10, 2013, after several warning shots were ignored near Balintang Island in the northern Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard shot the Taiwanese fishing vessel, Guan Ta Hsin 28 killing fisherman Hung Shih-chen in the process. Hung's death sparked political tensions between the two neighboring countries. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou used the incident to score popularity points and distract Taiwanese citizens from his domestic failures. He imposed a series of retaliatory measures against the Philippines, which include suspending the hiring of Filipino workers, issuing a red travel alert for the Philippines and halted bilateral economic exchanges . . .  Unless the Philippines issue a formal apology.

The Philippines, on the other hand, particularly the ignorant masses went to their usual racist rants in the internet thinking we got enough firepower to compete with a country who is virtually arming itself for more than 50 years to preserve its sovereignty from its bigger neighbor up north. The sad thing about this crisis was the situations of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)  in Taiwan, who got nothing to do with the incident in the first place. They face the brunt of both sides, racist attacks by Taiwanese youths while Filipino idiots labeling them OFWs as "unpatriotic" for staying or working in Taiwan. This political crisis got even worse when Filipino President Noynoy Aquino refuses (or too lazy) to issue a formal apology himself and instead the idiotic Porsche driver near the Pasig River chooses to appoint someone to do the "apology." It reminds me of what the idiot did when the Chinese tourists from Hong Kong were massacred near the statue of Rizal three years ago.

The Philippine Coast Guard should've just intercepted and detained the fishing vessel in the first place, arrested the crew members, and hold them in custody instead of being trigger-happy just because the warning shots were ignored.

The political tensions, of course, prevented the Philippines national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, from defending its William Jones Cup title after the invitation issued before the crisis was withdrawn by the organizers. In other words, we got "uninvited."

Anyway, the Philippines and Taiwan were set to meet in a Group A match of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship on August 3 in Manila (Mall of Asia Arena). That game was one of the most anticipated games and turn out to be one of the best games played by both teams in the tournament with Taiwan beating the Philippines, 84-79. The Philippines went on to top their second round group and marched to the finals of the Asian Championships beating Kazakhstan and another old-time rival South Korea along the way. Taiwan, on the other hand, upset Asian powerhouse China in the quarterfinals but was eliminated by eventual Asian champion Iran.

Below are the results between the Philippines and Taiwan in the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, and the William Jones Cup. Records between the Philippines and Taiwan in other major and minor tournaments, exhibition games, and friendlies are excluded for the time being and it will be add later to the list below.

Philippines and Taiwan

Asian Games (Philippines vs. Taiwan):
1954: PHILIPPINES 34 - 27 Taiwan
1958: TAIWAN 98 - 88 Philippines
1966: TAIWAN 74 - 72 Philippines
1970: TAIWAN 75 - 64 Philippines
2002: PHILIPPINES 83 - 69 Taiwan
2010: PHILIPPINES 82 - 73 Taiwan

FIBA Asia Championship/Asian Basketball Confederation (Philippines vs. Taiwan):
1960: PHILIPPINES 96 - 83 Taiwan / PHILIPPINES 99 - 78 Taiwan
1963: PHILIPPINES 70 - 65 Taiwan / TAIWAN 96 - 81 Philippines / PHILIPPINES 91 - 77 Taiwan
1965: PHILIPPINES 92 - 80 Taiwan
1967: PHILIPPINES 83 - 79 Taiwan
1969: PHILIPPINES 97 - 78 Taiwan
1971: PHILIPPINES 77 - 75 Taiwan
1973: PHILIPPINES 88 - 81 Taiwan / PHILIPPINES 101 - 64 Taiwan
1989: TAIWAN 97 - 74 Philippines
2009: PHILIPPINES 77 - 70 Taiwan
2011: PHILIPPINES 95 - 78 Taiwan [highlights]
2013: TAIWAN 84 - 79 Philippines (August 03, 2013, Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines)

Williams Jones Cup (Philippines vs. Taiwan)*:
1981: PHILIPPINES 74 - 44 Taiwan
1985: PHILIPPINES 80 - 66 Taiwan
1998: PHILIPPINES** 82 - 72 Taiwan [video 1/video 2]
1999: TAIWAN 66 - 42 Philippines (Game Stopped due to basketball brawl) [video] / Philippines vs. Taiwan B (Game was cancelled)
2000: TAIWAN 102 - 85 Philippines / TAIWAN 83 - 73 Philippines
2001: TAIWAN 84 - 79 Philippines
2002: TAIWAN 79 - 70 Philippines
2004: TAIWAN (White) 114 - 83 Philippines / TAIWAN (Blue) 88 - 68 Philippines
2005: TAIWAN 82 - 76 Philippines
2006: TAIWAN 77 - 72 Philippines (B)
2007: PHILIPPINES 82 - 64 Taiwan [highlights]
2009: TAIWAN 86 - 77 Philippines / PHILIPPINES 94 - 90 Taiwan (B)
2010: PHILIPPINES 96 - 93 Taiwan
2011: PHILIPPINES 90 - 78 Taiwan [highlights] / PHILIPPINES 82 - 72 Taiwan
2012: PHILIPPINES 99 - 68 Taiwan B (Guanghua/Kwang-Hwa) / PHILIPPINES 76 - 72 Taiwan A (Zhonghua)

[*] Prior to the 1998 William Jones Cup edition, I've only known that the Philippines competed in the 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 editions and I'm still researching the match results between Taiwan and the Philippines from 1977 to 1997.
[**] The PBA-backed Philippine Centennial Team.

Other Tournaments (FIBA World Championships, Olympic Games, friendlies):
  • Taiwan 38 - 48 PHILIPPINES (1954 FIBA World Championship, October 29, 1954, Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • PHILIPPINES 95 - 71 Taiwan (1964 Intercontinental Pre-Olympic Tournament, September 27, 1964, Yokohama, Japan)
  • Taiwan 59 - 95 PHILIPPINES (2002 Chinese Taipei Tour of the Philippines, August 21, 2002, Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Taiwan 56 - 82 PHILIPPINES (2002 Chinese Taipei Tour of the Philippines, August 22, 2002, Ynares Center, Antipolo City, Philippines)
  • TAIWAN 66 - 65 Philippines (2003 Chinese Taipei Tour of the Philippines, August 11, 2003, Philippines)
  • PHILIPPINES 75 - 68 Taiwan (2012 FIBA Asia Cup, quarterfinals, September 20, 2012, Ota Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan)






  1. Taiwan also has a passion for basketball,maybe if Filipinos don't improve in basketball,a couple of years Taiwan will dominate us.I have a basketball jersey and tees designs.visit


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