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Gilas succumbs to Koreans anew

The South Koreans (background) celebrate after punching their semifinals ticket at the expense of Gilas Pilipinas (foreground) during the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday morning in Manila time. | Photo

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas simply had no answer for Korea.

Entering the quarterfinals both with an identical unblemished record, the Nationals just couldn’t match the firepower of the South Koreans, falling to their long-time tormentors, 86-118, and bowing out of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup title contention in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday. 

The 3-0 Philippines, who hit the hard court for the first time in full strength, leaned on Terrence Romeo anew. The spitfire guard went on a tear in the second frame scoring 22 points to end the quarter.

But all of that had been for naught as the Koreans outperformed the Filipinos in virtually every statistical department.

Rebounds, baskets in transition, points in the paint and even production from the bench? The Koreans took care all of that.

But the most telling detail was on Korea’s shooting from distance. Notoriously deadly from distance, they missed only five of their total 21 looks from three-point land (16/21).

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The Filipinos were only 44% from downtown (11/25).

June Mar Fajardo—the Philippine Basketball Association’s three-time Most Valuable Player—was only able to contribute  two points in his first game of the tournament. He was coming off a calf injury.

Romeo wasn’t able to add to his production after his hot first half.

Sekeun Oh, Korea’s top dog in the tournament, was again the team’s top performer. He finished the game with 22 markers, five boards and an assist.

Sekeun Oh of South Korea File Photo/

The Philippines is now 4-16 against Korea in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments. The last time Gilas won against the Koreans was during the FIBA Asia hostilities held here exactly four years and seven days ago. 


Korea will take on the winner of the Iran - Lebanon tussle.

Gilas moves on to play in the classification round which begins this Saturday. There, they will compete for a 5th or 8th-place finish in the tournament and could face either Australia or China anew.

On the horizon now for the national team are the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and the FIBA World Cup qualifiers set later this year.

The Scores:

SOUTH KOREA (118) - Oh 22, Kim S. 21, Kim J. 15, Lee S. 14, Lee J. 11, Park 9, Choi 9, Heo 9, Yang 5, Jeon 3, Lim 0, Lee J 0.

GILAS PILIPINAS (86) - Romeo 22, Standhardinger 17, Pogoy 12, Castro 11, Aguilar 7, Wright 6, Jalalon 5, Abueva 2, Fajardo 2, Almazan 2, Cruz 0, Norwood 0.

QUARTERSCORES - 26-18, 57-49, 86-62, 118-86.

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