Gilas-Pilipinas II bows to Qatar, 63-79, good for fourth place


MANILA, Philippines – Gilas-Pilipinas II failed to salvage a third place finish as it yielded to Qatar, 63-79, Saturday in the 4th Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo.

The Philippines, which succumbed to Iran, 60-77, in the semifinals, made just two triples out of 18 attempts.

And with Marcus Douthit playing in pain in the second half due to a sprained ankle, Qatar capitalized.

The Nationals showed life in the third period as they roared back from nine points down to pull to within two, 36-38, after a Jared Dillinger jumper at the 7:17 mark.

But Qatar’s main man Trey Johnson kept the Philippines at bay with timely baskets.

Douthit still made an impact despite the injury but wasn’t in full strength to really dominated on both ends.

The Nationals were just down seven, 54-61, in the fourth quarter and seemed primed for another comeback until Qatar connected on four straight treys that put the game out of reach.

Yousuf Mohammed sparked Qatar’s run after banking a well-contested top-of-the-key three as the shot clock was winding down.

Mohammed led the way with 17 points on top of nine rebounds while Saeed added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Qatar, who lost to Japan, 66-73, in their semis match.

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  • Jao Romero

    unang gawin pag uwi sa Pilipinas, papag praktisin lahat ng players ng dribbling without travelling. ka simple na lng na ito, di pa maiwasan nang mga gag0. nakakahiya! paulit-ulit na travelling call, ano yun, di marunong mag basketball?

    • sam_aquino

       nauuna arte, e… hehe…

  • sam_aquino

    our shooting average really sucks!!! 

    we know that the only time we win is when our shooting average is up…  we are not consistent in that department…

    if only we have 12 caidics (shooting accurately from all angles) in our lineup only then we can become champions…

    • Jao Romero

      wag ka na mangarap. wala nang marunong mag shoot ng bola sa mga PBA players. henerasyon yan ng Kobe Bryant at Allen Iverson. mahilig sa dribble at low percentage shots. tatlo na nakapaligid sa kanya, ipipilt pa rin, dahil feeling Kobe Bryant.

      • sam_aquino

        bad trip ka, jao, ginising mo agad ako…  hehe…

        frankly, i have lost interest watching PBA for quite sometime now…  our players should know that it’s not about fancy dribbling, for it does not count in your scores… it’s just about shooting the ball in the hoops, no matter how you do it, just shoot it…  nothing fancy…  no showmanship required…  so it is highly important that all 5 players inside the court can shoot the ball, even in the rainbow territory when they are free (just like “the triggerman”)…  the more you attempt to shoot, the more chances you score…

        it’s all about shooting, & making the shot…  did they NOT know that???

        the problem lies in our training…  coaches emphasizes in fancy dribbling & then shooting aspect of the player in that order…  shooting must be the TOP priority in training & dribbling should only come in second…

        they cannot even make their shots in the free throw lines, DARN!!!  and they call themselves “professionals”…  tsk, tsk..

        i do not want to waste my time watching our “professional basketball players” do a fancy dribbling only to bungle easy shots…  although i support them when they carry our national flag, & after that, i’d go back watching UAAP…  it’s more exciting…

        cheers, bro… 

      • Jao Romero

        yun ang kinakainis ko eh, free throw na free throw mini-mintis pa. understandable yung mga centers, pero naman, guard ka, pot4h. shooter ka, dapat ipasok mo yan.
        tapos walang disiplina ang guard play. they dribble into traffic, then hoist up a bad shot amid all that traffic. mga feeling Kobe Bryant ang mga 0gag. may mga pa bari-bari pa ng bola tpos mintis nman. isip cguro nila may score ang choreography.
        ang daming layup na lng, mini-mintis pa. basic shot making!
        basta! ang daming bad habits nakukuha sa PBA.

      • sam_aquino


        pero kahit pa center, dapat lahat marunong mag shoot lalo pa sa free throws…  wala na un bantay, dapat wala na un mintis!!!

        & they call themselves “professionals” & get about P500k per month???  wow…

        sabi ko nga, di ko na sinasayang time ko panoorin PBA…  maasar ka lang pag matagal ka na nanonood, tapos walang nakaka shoot either sa both teams…  anubayun??? 

        tsk, tsk…

  • berdengleon

    …its the end of philippine basketball, as we know way we can catch up, the only countries we will dominate are from southeast asia..i have no pride anymore, its now reduced to mere entertainment for switch to nba on my cable…

    • sam_aquino

      we are the ONLY country that has “professional basketball league” (PBA) in Asia, pero pag dating sa international competition, kulelat… 


      something is definitely wrong, somewhere…

  • bct

    its not that Gilas shot poorly against Iran, Qatar and even China….its because they have tall guards to shadow our shooters forcing us to take hurried shot….Gilas can beat second rank teams but not the top rank teams in Asia…..

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