GILAS PILIPINAS SWEEPS KOREA TO GO 2-0 IN FIBA ACQ
Gilas Pilipinas proved the never-ending quote, “ang galing ng Pilipino, iwagayway” as they forced Korea to kneel before them in the second match of the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, 82-77.
With the new development, Gilas Pilipinas not only proved the ‘galing ng pilipino’ but as well as slammed down Korean head coach Cho’s ‘lucky shot’ remarks on SJ Belangel’s buzzer-beater shot that lead to PH’s first win, 81-78.
With a five-point lead in the final score, Dwight Ramos led the team with 19 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals on record.
Next in line are Kai Sotto, Jordan Heading, RJ Abarrientos bolstering 10 points each on the board.
The second game was nothing but a heated game with almost 30 seconds left in the shot clock with Korea leading the board with six points ahead, but Gilas immediately closed the gap coming from the slam dunk of Balti Baltazar and a layup from Ricardo Ratliffe, 79-77.
The all-cadets Gilas hustled the victory with Dwight Ramos seizing the last three points of the final scores.
The national team is now sitting on the win-loss record of 6-0 and will see action in the FIBA Asia Cup proper in Jakarta this August.
Quarters: 18-20, 38-34, 56-54, 82-77.
PHILIPPINES 82 – Ramos 19, Sotto 10, Heading 10, Abarrientos 10, Navarro 8, Kouame 7, Baltazar 6, Belangel 6, Nieto 3, Go 3, Chiu 0.
KOREA 77 – Ra 20, Lee HJ 13, Yang 12, Lee DS 9, Lee SH 8, Kim 8, Jeon 3, Byeon 2, Yeo 2, Ha 0.