Gilas Pilipinas holds off Qatar in 2nd round of FIBA Asia


Gary David vs Jarvis Hayes. FIBA ASIA PHOTO by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines — Smart Gilas Pilipinas picked up where it left off as it fashioned out an 80-70 win over erstwhile unbeaten Qatar in the second round of the 27th FIBA Asia men’s Championship Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Nationals, coming off a masterful 90-71 rout of Japan Monday night, led by as much as 23, 57-34, on a drive by Jayson Castro and still held a commanding 63-44 advantage with only a quarter left but had to stave off a late surge by Qatar, who got to within seven with still close to a minute remaining.

Marcus Douthit led the Philippines with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

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  • jorgii0550

    go go go Philipines…congratz!!!!


  • oh_noh

    (QATAR) 71-68 (CT)

    PH vs. KAZ in the QF!!! on to the semis!!!

  • RedvD

    I hope Qatar wins against Taiwan to forge a quotient and we may end up on top. Wrong move by Chot to win the QATAR game. It would be best to end up #3 so PH avoids China and Iran. Tapos nilaro pa Douthit hanggang mapilay. I hope it’s not that serious though. tsk tsk

    • chichingjoey

      so you want to watch a team that cowers in front of a strong opposition? i don’t i want them to face the strongest ones because i believe they are strong.. and they will continue to be stronger by facing more stronger teams.. if not.. then they just stop.. though sports is partly a mental game.. there should never be a part where you just wanna lose.. that’s so gay.. like you

      • rams_ph

        tama, nagtataka nga ako bat tayo takot na takot. well, ok lang mag strategize, pero for us to fear the opposition eh maling mental attitude yun for a team. dapat primed din ang Team Gilas for mental toughness.

        there was a time na ang Team Philippines ang kinatatakutan sa basketbol, even if we didnt have the biggest players. if we are to establish ourselves again as the best in Asia, dapat ganun ang mental attitude ng team, NO FEAR, but have the basics and tactics

      • oh_noh

        should we win it all this time, NO FEAR na tayo sa mga next asian tournaments.
        … sa ngayon, after that loss to CT and knowing that yi jianlian and the chinese starting point guard will be playing, you would really cast some doubts in our chances in the qf and up.
        anyway – BELIEVE *GO GILAS*

      • RedvD

        If that is YOUR thinking then GILAS should have just joined the group of death with IRAN, CHINA and KOREA in order to prove they do not cower in front of strong opposition? They did not of course because that is strategy which is always used in tournaments like these.

        Magisip ka muna bago ka mag comment. Wag puro PUSO (like Gilas)lang ISIP din

        Well, buti na lang nanalo Qatar today so first place tayo. YES!

      • chichingjoey

        haha first place tayo.. tama.. yes!

        pero kasi.. mababalewala ang diskarte sa takot na puso..

        kasi ang goal mo sa isang tourney eh para mag champion..

        or at least.. do your best..

        yung pagpili sa bracket para umiwas.. ibang usapan naman yun.. hindi naman pagpapatalo yun.. umiwas ka dahil binigyan ka ng chance.. na sayang naman kung hindi gagamitin.. kumbaga delaying tactics lang..

        pero yung magpatalo ka para umiwas.. parang iniasa na lang sa chance na wag na sanang makaharap ever yung strong opposition.. na magkamali sila.. at magchampion nalang ang team ng hindi nahihirapan.. eh paano kung maaksidenteng sila ang makaharap bigla? eh di tensyon agad.. di pa nagsisimula..

        pero anyways.. number 1 seed ang gilas sa block nila.. hooray! pasensya na sa harsh words.. na carried away lang ako.. hehehe =D

  • jorgii0550

    I just watched most of the game today and yesterday in FIBA Asia.

    I observed that the most athletic player in the tournament is a Filipino, no one came close to his athleticism even the naturalized players, he plays above the rim producing high reel dunks.

    To think that hes 6’9 and plays excellent defense plus hes a pure Pinoy…..

    Those nega-crabs here always argued that Pinoy’s are not meant to play basketball because we are not physically gifted….have they watched Japeth play?

    • indiosbravos2002

      Athletic but not dominant. He needs to work on his post moves badly.

      • rams_ph

        at least the physical ability is there, finesse na lang kelangan.

        with intense practice and training… he’ll improve. bata pa naman.
        kelangan lang ng shooting coach at post-up play coach.
        sana maka develop din sya ng long range shot, para total package na.
        sana caidic can train his shooting touch, tapos for post-up play, si fernandez. I’d rather have this kid in our Philippine Team for a long time rather than loose him sa NBA (kung itutuloy nya pa din dream nya).

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Think we have a chance of beating China. Remember the time when the S. Koreans defeated the Chinese? They (S. Koreans) must have a similar average height like the Gilas team. (pls. correct if info is wrong.)

    Just let those treys come like water but shoot those treys to go inside the basket w/c will require composure and last but not least, do not collapse again on the last quarter.

  • tlb6432

    good win!! mabuhay!!

  • koy-bili

    Gilas has to put in mind that China is very beatable, and with the way Gilas is playing it is China who is now wary of the Philippines. Go Gilas win BIG TIME

  • oh_noh

    Most likely QF scenario (assuming CT sweeps the 2nd round):
    E1 Chinese Taipei vs. F4 Kazakhstan
    E2 Philippines vs. F3 China
    E3 Qatar vs. F2 Korea
    E4 Japan/Jordan vs. F1 Iran

    Preferred QF scenario (assuming of a Triple-tie, then we win by “quotient”):
    E1 Philippines vs. F4 Kazakhstan
    E2 Chinese Taipei/Qatar vs. F3 China
    E3 Qatar/Chinese Taipei vs. F2 Korea
    E4 Japan/Jordan vs. F1 Iran

    To the Philippine Coaching Staff: Dapat alamin nyo kung pano tayo hahantong sa preferred QF scenario (i.e. vs. KAZ).

    1. Himukin lahat ng mga pinoy na pwedeng manood ng laban na suportahan ang QATAR.
    2. Pag GA ang pinagbasehan, malamang kasama ang itatambak sa ibang teams (outside sa triple-tie), so ibig sabihin tambakan natin ang HK hangga’t kaya natin. Currently we are behind by 21 points from CT, so ibig sabihin dapat at least ganyan kalaki ang lamang natin sa HK para pag nag-triple-tie, tayo ang no. 1.

    Hataw Gilas!!!!

    • bit coin

      Ganun ba yon? Pati lamang sa HK may effect sa quotient? Pakireply lang guys para malinawan natin sa mga nakakaalam

      • oh_noh

        just saw this somewhere:

        FIBA RULES:
        D.1.3 If more than two teams are equal in the placing, a second classification will be established, taking into account only the results of the games between the teams that are tied.
        D.1.4 If there are still teams tied after the second classification, then goal average will be used to determine the placing, taking into account only the results of the games between the teams still tied.

        so… it should be the GA between the tied teams only. we lose to CT by 5, we won against QATAR by 10, so “roughly” (since these are GD not GA), QATAR should lead CT by 10 points or less.

      • HoyGago

        Unless tambakan ng Qatar ang Taiwan ng 15, pag nanalo ang Qatar bukas, number 1 ang Pilipinas sa group E.

        So assuming manalo ang Qatar bukas by 1 point:

        PH – loss to Taiwan plus lead over Qatar (-5) + 10 = 5
        Tai – loss to Qatar plus lead over PH (-1) + 5 = 4
        Qatar – loss to PH plus lead over Taiwan (-10) + 1 = -9

        Qatar needs to win by 8 to get 2nd place, 15 to get 1st.

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