Gilas PH advances, hammers Kazakhs


JAPETH Aguilar of the Philippines uses his long wingspan to thwart a driving Jerri Johnson, Kazakhstan’s ace point guard, in last night’s game at MOA Arena. AUGUST DELA CRIUZ

GILAS Pilipinas has never had a start this hot and a whirlwind finish like this one.

The Filipinos imposed their will on Kazakhstan early and then blew their foes to smithereens in the fourth quarter for an 88-58 victory that put them in the Final Four of the 27th Fiba Asia Championship—and within another win back to the world basketball stage.

Gary David’s explosion finally came after a long wait and the others played so well that Marcus Douthit got the chance to cool his heels in the crucial win that shoved the Filipinos into a semifinal clash with either South Korea or Qatar.

Team Philippines found finishing foes tough in its first six games, blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead against Chinese Taipei, allowing Qatar to come back before winning by 10, and engaging lowly Hong Kong in a close match before scoring a scary win.

But not last night. Not in front of a virtual sea of humanity at Mall of Asia Arena against a tough foe that even the other continental powerhouses found hard to crack.

The win actually gave the Filipinos two chances to nail a berth to the World Championship in Spain next year. Even if they lose their Final Four match today, they still have a chance to cop third on Sunday against either Chinese Taipei or Iran.

The Philippines trailed just once, 2-3, before Jeff Chan hit back-to-back triples and Gabe Norwood shot four points for a 12-3 cushion the Filipinos never let go of.

And that was before David came off the bench. He gunned down three three-pointers in a row and led the Philippines to leads of as many as nine before finishing with 13 points in the first half that had the Filipinos sitting on a 51-40 lead.

“A shooter’s job is to shoot; sometimes they miss,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes of David. “I spoke to him briefly in practice and we worked something out. That’s what he does, to put the ball in the hole.”

After playing practically a give-and-take third period, the Philippines stepped on the gas and left the Kazakhs in its wake, racing to leads of as many as 29 points behind David and almost everyone else that Reyes put into the fray.

0David finished with 22 points—the most by any Filipino in this 15-nation event—and three others tossed in twin digits with Jason Castro adding 13 and Japeth Aguilar 11, topped by a two-handed jam that gave Gilas an 82-53 lead and got the capacity crowd roaring as one.

Douthit finished with just five points plus 10 rebounds but he got his injured shin a much-needed breather.

Gabe Norwood was also superb. Apart from finishing with 10 points, he put the cuffs on Kazakhstan playmaker Jerri Johnson, whom he helped hold down to eight points and three assists.

The scores:

GILAS PILIPINAS 88—David 22, Castro 13, Aguilar 11, Norwood 10, Chan 7, De ocampo 6, Pingris 6, Douthit 5, Tenorio 3, Fonacier 3, Alapag 2, Fajardo 0.

KAZAKHSTAN 58—Klimov 14, Johnson 8, Ponomarev 8, Yevstigneyev 6, Lapchenko 5, Murgalayev 5, Bondarovich 4, Zhigulin 3, Sultanov 3, Yargaliyev 2, Bazhkin 0.

Quarters: 32-15, 51-40, 67-49, 88-58

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  • tarikan

    Marcus Douthit from Sarat, Ilocos Norte…arguably the best PFilipino center of all time. Go go go lakay Marcus.

  • ofwme2807

    Old Philippine and South Korea rivalry in Asian basketball…it’s payback time Gilas Pilipinas go beat South Korea right here right now in front of our millions of Filipino basketball fans…it will be a sweet revenge…go Gilas…

  • ofwme2807

    Gilas Pilipinas can revenge heart-breaking losses in the previous games in FIBA Asia both losing 1 and 2 points only…Now erase those memories and get the things done the revenge of the fallen Gilas Pilipinas…we have the crowd the home advantage so we can get it done…Go Gilas Pilipinas and beat South Korea for sweet revenge it’s about time…

  • Lemuel Vargas

    As posted by me before..

    And. against Sokor:

    Go. go. Gilas!!! Let those treys come like water!!! (the only caveat is let those treys go inside the basket w/c will require composure and not collapsing again on the 4th quarter.

  • reydomingo

    Nice pic.. Galing ng pagkakuha..

    • dudesk001

      Teka…si edu manzano ba un?…si dudes nga!! lol

      • tarikan

        Behind Dudes 2 rows back the one in black is nanay ni Marcus Douthit from Sarat, Ilocos Norte.

  • rgf_md

    Obviously Iran is highly favored to beat Taiwan. Phil vs. S.Korea is good match. For sure the entire nation will like to see our Gilas in the finals with any team. But I wish for Taiwan not just to get even for our 1st round defeat but for Jones Cup “delisting” and most of all for Filipino OFWs in Taiwan. If our destiny will not bring us to finals then will do it for 3rd place, I wish for Taiwan again for the same reasons.


    God bless the Philippines. With God’s grace, the Philippines wins 2013 FIBA Asia Championship.

  • Daang_tuwid3

    Bring the firemen in,nagliliyab kamay ni David!

    • dudesk001

      Huwag muna, sa Monday nalang pagkatapos ng tournament! hehe

      Let him burn the Sokor and Iranian teams fist….woohoo!

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