MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas made good on its promise to get again within the thick of the Asian Video games medal race on Monday, selecting aside Qatar, 80-41, at Zhejiang College Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.
Gilas got here out of the gates onerous and put collectively a 33-14 edge on the finish of the opening quarter. The Philippines protected that cushion the remainder of the best way to get again to the win column and organize a quarterfinal duel towards Iran on Tuesday.
June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez had 12 factors every to prepared the ground for the Nationals who later used the competition to organize for Iran, whom it battles in a quarterfinal duel on Tuesday.
Calvin Oftana had 11 factors, taking part in in simply two quarters, for a well timed rebound from his horrendous taking pictures efficiency in an 87-62 blowout by the hands of Jordan final Saturday. Justin Brownlee chipped in 9 extra whereas additionally taking part in underneath a minutes restriction.
Gilas upgraded its taking pictures within the blowout, changing over half of their 63 makes an attempt from the sector for leads of as many as 43 factors—a well timed improvement heading into yet one more do-or-die contest.
“We’re assured we are able to get previous Qatar however Iran will pose a stiffer roadblock,” nationwide coach Tim Cone instructed the Inquirer earlier than the win over the Qataris.
Iran will likely be a well-rested and assured bunch—following a sweep of Group A—within the sport that ideas off at 12 midday on the identical venue.
A win on Tuesday sends Gilas to the Closing 4, the place it might meet host China, a squad it defeated for its lone win within the current Fiba World Cup.
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