Gilas Pilipinas falls to South Korea in FIBA Asia Cup quarters


It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as South Korea run away with the victory, giving the hapless Gilas Pilipinas one of its worst losses in global competition.

Not even the individual brilliance of Terrence Romeo, who scored all of his 22 points in the first half could prevent Gilas from denying South Korea's route to the semifinals in dominating fashion. The Bro nailed six threes as the national team entered the break only down by eight, 49-57.

Gilas Pilipinas bowed down once again to their bitter rivals South Korea, 118-86, in the quarterfinal knockout round of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, August 16 (Thursday Manila time).

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One of the Korea's major threats to Filipinos' campaign is big man Oh, who is averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in four games.

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The Koreans thus avenged their loss to the Filipinos in their semifinal matchup in the 2013 Asian meet in Manila and, in the process, earned a spot in the semis against the victor of the Iran-Lebanon quarters setto. They were more precise in their shooting and more clinical in their execution. But he's second behind Iran's Behnam Yakhchali in three-pointers made and attempted per game as the Phoenix wing makes 3.7-of-7 shots from long range.

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But the Koreans pressed on the gas pedal in the third-shooting at will from beyond the arc and attacking the hoops more aggressively-as their lead snowballed to 25 points, 87-62 at the end of the quarter. He also had four assists and one rebound and a steal.

Korea raced out to a strong start, taking a 26-18 lead into the second quarter, and while Gilas countered with 31 points in the second, Korea matched it.

Jongkyu Kim was good for 15 points.

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Four years ago, the Filipinos beat the Koreans, 86-79, in the same tournament to return to the 2014 FIBA World Cup after four decades.