5th FIBA Asia Cup Results
The Philippine national men’s basketball team survived its first real test of the tournament after squeaking past a Rajko Toroman-coached Jordan team, 71-70, to sweep its Group B assignments in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.
Ranidel De Ocampo scored the last five Gilas Pilipinas points, including a three-pointer with 35.2 seconds that turned out to be the biggest shot of the game, to lead the Filipinos to a third straight win in the tournament.
Paul Lee led the way with 16 points while De Ocampo finished with 14, including four three-pointers, as Gilas emerged victorious against a tough Jordan squad that fought until the final buzzer.
Naturalized center Marcus Douthit, who saw limited action against Singapore in their last game, came up with 13 points and nine rebounds in this one.
Jordan had a chance to tie or win the game in the dying seconds after LA Tenorio missed a short stab that turned into a Jordanian fastbreak. But the Filipino scrambled back in time and a corner three from Wesam Al-Sous failed to find the mark.
The early goings of the game saw a duel between the two behemoths, 6-foot-10 Ahmad Al Dwairi of Jordan and Gilas’ Douthit, as they went back and forth.
But the Filipinos provided more support for their center as they charged to a 15-6 run, with Douthit scoring seven and Al Dwairi having all six of Jordan’s points.
The Philippines opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to push the lead up to double figures for the first time.
But the Filipinos went cold after that, scoring just five points over the next eight minutes as Jordan unloaded a 14-3 run that brought them all the way back to tie the game.
The teams entered the half deadlocked at 30-apiece.
Douthit, who was scoreless in limited minutes in their last game, scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in just the first two periods.
In the third quarter, Lee tried to keep the Philippines in the game as he scored eight successive Gilas points in a three-minute span.
But Jordan found a groove late, scoring seven unanswered points as they took a five-point lead late in the third.
Lee, who had been playing well for the Philippines, was whistled for two quick fouls in the opening minutes of the fourth, forcing him back to the bench for a key stretch.
Gilas Pilipinas (71) – Lee 16, De Ocampo 14, Douthit 13, Dillinger 9, Belga 7, David 4, Tenorio 4, Alas 2, Fajardo 2, Washington 0, Lanete 0, Aguilar 0.
Jordan (70) – Al-Sous 14, Al Dwairi 13, Wright 11, Alawadi 9, Hussein 7, Eid 7, Alhamarsheh 7, Abu Ruqayah 2, Abdeen 0.
Quarterscores: 17-12, 30-30, 49-52, 71-70.
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Source : InterAksyon.Com