Gilas Pilipinas clinches FIBA Asia Cup bronze medal on clutch Paul Lee free throws

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5th FIBA Asia Cup Results
The Philippine national men’s basketball team clinched the bronze medal after Paul Lee knocked down three clutch free throws with no time remaining to beat tournament hosts China, 80-79, in the third place game of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.

Gilas Pilipinas lived up to its ‘Puso’ battlecry in erasing a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 77-apiece inside the final minute.

After two free throws for China, Lee made sure his to comeback wasn’t in vain, drawing a foul on a potential game-winner at the buzzer and stepping up to the line for three cold-blooded free throws that handed the Philippines the bronze.

Five Gilas players finished in double figures in the game, led by sweet-shooting forward Ranidel De Ocampo, who had 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Naturalized center Marcus Douthit scored 10 points and grabbed 22 big rebounds in a stout effort for the veteran.

Japeth Aguilar added 14 markers, point guard LA Tenorio had 12 and Beau Belga also chipped in with 10.

The Filipinos fell behind early after an 11-0 run gave China a double-digit advantage, 22-12, in the first quarter en route to a 24-15 lead after the opening period.

But Gilas had a hot start to the second period, scoring the first eight points behind a bucket from Jay Washington and three-pointers from De Ocampo and Garvo Lanete.

Beau Belga then caught fire, scoring the next 10 Gilas points on some long range shooting, as the team briefly took the lead.

The hosts, though, finished with a solid 11-5 run to close the first half with a six-point lead, 44-38.

In the third, Douthit found his touch, scoring six points as he led a charge that drew the Philippines back into a 60-all deadlock late in the period before Chinese center Zhou Qi beat the quarter buzzer with a resounding dunk to move into the lead again.

China then rattled off eight of the first 10 points of the fourth quarter as they pushed the advantage to eight points, 70-62.

They pushed it up to nine points at 75-66 after a three-pointer from Gu Quan with 4:04 to play.

But Gilas came back to within striking distance after a quick basket from LA Tenorio and another triple from De Ocampo, his third of the game, to come to within four, 75-71.

Gu scored again at the 2:39 mark but Paul Lee split from the free throw line then set up a three-point play from Japeth Aguilar.

After a big defensive stop, Tenorio drove down the middle for a teardrop that tied the game at 77-apiece inside the final minute.

Chinese gunner Kelanbaike Makan gave his team the lead again with two free throws but they could not seal the win after Wang Zirui missed both of his charities with just six seconds remaining.

The Filipinos grabbed the rebound and Tenorio quickly fired off an outlet pass to Lee, who was hammered by two Chinese defenders on the final attempt.

Makan led China’s youthful team – with no player over the age of 24 – with 23 points as the hosts suffered a heartbreaking result on their own floor.

The scores:

Gilas Pilipinas (80) – De Ocampo 18, Aguilar 14, Tenorio 12, Douthit 10, Belga 10, Lee 9, Lanete 3, Washington 2, Dillinger 2, Alas 0, David 0.

China (79) – Makan 23, Gao 11, Tao 11, Zhou 10, Wang 9, Gu 7, Zhang 6, Dong 0, Cao 0, Zhao 0.

Quarterscores: 15-24, 38-44, 60-62, 80-79.

Click here for the results and schedule of 5th FIBA Asia Cup 2014

By : InterAksyon.Com

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