It’s South Korea vs Philippines in Fiba Asia semis


MANILA, Philippines—A familiar opponent stands in the way of Philippines’ title bid in the 27th Fiba Asia men’s championships.

South Korea handily put away Qatar, 79-52, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, to arrange a rendezvous with the Filipinos in the semis on Saturday.

In the 2011 Asian championships, the Koreans broke hearts with a 70-68 victory which ended the Filipinos’ chance of making it to qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.

But the fact they are playing on the Filipinos’ home turf makes a difference in their meeting this year, said head coach Jae Hak Yoo.

“We hope that the experience we had in the Jones Cup in Taipei will benefit us tomorrow,” said Yoo about facing the Gilas Pilipinas team backed by the crowd.

Cho Sungmin paced the Koreans against the Qataris with 16 points, Sueng Jun Lee added 12 markers in just under 16 minutes of action.

“Obviously they play with a lot of energy. It’s going to be very exciting. The fans here are amazing,” said the Lee, the squad’s energy guy.

South Korea and the Philippines clash at 8:30 p.m. at the same venue while Iran and Chinese Taipei, the other semifinalist, slug it out at 5:45 p.m.

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  • Eunjiro Domingo

    visit GATVERcom for those who want to watch it live

  • oh_noh

    PH 36-39 SK, end of 1st half

    grabe, puso na lang talaga ang bitbit ng gilas… wala si kuya marcus, as in inilabas sa playing court :(

    pag ganyan ang ipinapakita nyo, manalo’t matalo, saludo!!!

    kaya yan – go gilas!

  • oh_noh

    PH 15-19 SK, end of 1st

  • ofwme2807

    Gilas Pilipinas beat South Korea and go to FIBA World Championship next year in Spain…it’s about time we wish this could happen again once in our lifetime…we have so much to be proud of talent skills coaching job and world class entertainment…Go Gilas Pilipinas for the Finals in FIBA Asia…

  • ofwme2807

    we have beaten many past South Korean basketball teams before in the Asiad and this will not be easy for both teams…they beat us twice the last time around in heartbreaking losses but tonight it will be different…it’s our hometown crowd that will spell the difference and hopefully referees will not decide close games again…we can beat the South Korean team again…go go Gilas Pilipinas team…

  • ofwme2807

    Go go Gilas beat the mighty South Korea basketball team in our own turf our own hometown crowd…we have had close contests with this team before now it’s time we soundly beat this team…Gilas Pilipinas will beat this team en route to the Finals…

  • Don Dee

    Remember the Asian qualifier for the 1988 Olympics. Dying seconds, on what would be the go ahead basket for the Philippines, Alan Caidic was called for an OFFENSIVE FOUL on a break away layup. A clear homecourt call by the Koreans who didn’t even need to qualify since being the Olympic host, they were seeded. GO GILAS, show these KOREANS how to win a basketball game!

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      You might be talking about the 1986 Asian Games held in Seoul. It would be virtually impossible to hold any qualifiers for the Olympics on the same year and there was no FIBA Asia tournament in 1988

      • Don Dee

        Yes, you are probably right about the year. What I meant to say was “Asian Qualifier for the 1988 Olympics”. There was that errant period there I now see. Ooops. Let me edit that.

  • RedvD

    We have better team players and better defense on this team than before. We are deep, anybody can explode and the crowd is on our side. Key is to again start strong and finish strong. Hope we do not pass up this great opportunity. Go Pinas!

  • Celsa Joson

    I would never forget how Racela, then a 95% shooter from the free throw line muffled two gift shots in the dying seconds that would have brought us to victory, instead we lost by only 2 points. Also it is not right the compare this present RP team with the one that beat Korea in the early 80’s because during that time, there were no Iran, China, and other Asian countries but mostly Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. The challenge now is much greater.

    • doki budoki

      that racela choke job and that desperation three at the buzzer still sting. hope they can beat the SK team tonyt and go for d finals!

      • MangTeban

        Yes, I remember it like it was yesterday. Still stings. Hoping for sweet revenge tonight!

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