MANILA - The Philippines was able to wave off its sluggish start after coming alive in the 4th quarter to shut down Hong Kong, 67-55 and claimed the top spot in Group E on last night at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Coach Chot stated his opinions about Kazakhstan whom they will face tomorrow in the knockout quarterfinals, "We know how dangerous Kazakhstan is, they're tall, they have a lot of shooters and we have to give our best game against them.”
The Philippines improved their record to 4-1 to force a three way tie with Chinese Taipei and Qatar. The Philippines was able to grab the top spot because of their higher quotient virtue.
Marcus Douthit led all Gilas players by finishing with 13 points,8 rebounds and 1 assist while Gabe Norwood finished with a double double of 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a steal and an assist.
Gilas Pilipinas wasn't able to find their rhythm in the first half, as they found themselves trailing by six, 19-13 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was more productive for the Filipinos as they were able to put themselves within five, 33-28 at the end of the period.
Marcus Douthit muscled his way in the paint after finishing within the first half. Gabe Norwood and Marc Pingris also provided some key productions in the second quarter.
The Filipinos stormed back in the third quarter as Jeff Chan quickly hit a cold bloodied trey followed by a Jason William daredevil drive and another under goal stab from Chan to launch a 8-1 run that enabled them to take the the lead 36-34 with 5:48 left in the third period.
Chan Siu Wang brought the lead back to Hong Kong after scoring a trey.
Gilas Pilipinas then surged to a 8-3 rally including six straight points from LA Tenorio to give the Philippines a five point edge, 44-39 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter but Hong Kong scored four straight points to cut the lead of the Philippines to one,44-43.
Larry Fonacier then scored a double clutch layup that gave the Philippines a three point lead,46-43 at the end of the 3rd period.
The Philippines finished with a 23-of-60 shooting clip (38 percent) while limiting Hong Kong to a very miserable 21-of-75 shooting (28 percent). The Philippines outscored Hong Kong in the points in the paint category (26-22). Gilas Pilipinas also edged Hong Kong with 26 bench points.
On the other hand, Hong Kong outrebounded the Philippines 52-39. Chan Siu Wing led Hong Kong with 16 points and three rebounds.*PNA
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