Gilas Pilipinas shoots lights out, beat Korea anew in Asia Cup qualifiers

Gilas Pilipinas completed a six-game sweep of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers after repeating over Korea, 82-77 in the final game day of the third window Sunday in Pampanga.

The Philippines shot 14-of-37 from three-point area, relying on its hot shooting to book the win.

Dwight Ramos led the national team with 19 points on 5/9 triples, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Jordan Heading, Kai Sotto, and RJ Abarrientos were all productive with 10 points apiece.

Unlike the last time where Korea raced to a big double-digit lead, Gilas was able to go toe-to-toe with their Asian rivals from the opening tip.

Coach Tab Baldwin’s group led by as much as 43-34 midway in the third, before Korea chipped away using outside shots as well.

Some baskets by Abarrientos, Heading, and SJ Belangel gave a 75-69 cushion for the nationals.

Later on, Justine Baltazar scored a dunk to make it 81-77 with 31.7 to go.

A foul during a deadball situation was then assessed to Korea in the ensuing play, giving free throws and possession to Gilas as they sealed the victory.

Box scores:

Philippines (82) – Ramos 19, Abarrientos 10, Heading 10, Sotto 10, Navarro 8, Kouame 7, Belangel 6, Baltazar 6, Go 3, Nieto 3, Chiu 0.

Korea (77) – Ra 20, Lee H.J. 13, Yang 12, Lee D.S. 9, Lee S.H. 8, Kim 8, Seong 3, Jun 2, Byeon 2, Yungi 0.

Quarterscores: 18-20, 38-34, 56-54, 82-77. photo

Levi Joshua Jr Verora

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