HSINCHUANG, Taiwan - Marcus Douthit and JV Castro spent the entire game cheering their teammates from the bench.
The Smart Gilas national team kept them fresh for the grind ahead and still demolished Malaysia, 86-68, Tuesday in a fight-marred William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
Japeth Aguilar contributed 13 points, Baracael with 14 points, Lassiter with 13, Lutz with 12 while Chris Tiu unloaded eight of his 14 points in the third.
The Filipinos face the unbeaten South Korea in their next game with a victory providing the Nationals a better probability to snare the top spot in the Final Four come Saturday.
The Koreans, who defeated Smart Gilas in the quarterfinals of the Guangzhou Asian Games last year, also trounced Fiba Asia champion Iran, 77-59, Monday night to remain unbeaten in three games.
"Korea is a tough game for us and thi is the reason why we rested some of our players," said Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman.
PH vs Korea game will be on August 10, 5pm Manila time.