Asian Games: Gilas Pilipinas beats Kazakhstan, but falls short of semis
September 28, 2014 4:01pm
The Gilas Pilipinas national team fashioned out a 67-65 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday, but it wasn't enough for the Philippines to stave off elimination in the 2014 Asian Games basketball tournament.

Gilas came into the game needing to win by at least 11 points to come out with a better quotient in case of a triple tie with Kazakhstan and Qatar, but fell short of the goal.

The Philippines controlled most of the contest, and looked on its way to meeting its target with a 67-56 lead with 2:07 remaining.

But Kazakhstan scored the next nine points of the game, putting the target beyond reach. Gilas tried to force overtime by having Marcus Douthit shoot with 11 seconds left, but referees disallowed the basket.

More endgame woes

Like in other games in the tournament, Gilas once again had the upper hand before losing control in the endgame.

A Jimmy Alapag three-pointer started the final period, pushing Gilas' lead to 16, 55-39. Kazakhstan quickly countered with back to back triples, though, while Gabe Norwood and Jared Dilinger connected for a 59-45 edge.

Another 6-0 swing for Kazakhstan threatened the Gilas lead, trimming the deficit to eight, 59-51, but Marcus Douthit and Ranidel De Ocampo found success inside and out, respectively, enough for a 14-point spread with less than five minutes to go.

In the final 4:24, Kazakhstan slowly chipped away at the deficit, scoring five straight before Douthit hit one inside, 67-56. But Kazakhstan held the Philippines scoreless the rest of the way to spoil the Gilas party.

Douthit's return

Douthit, returning from a benching against South Korea, had a strong effort with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jimmy Alapag added 11 points for Gilas.

Pavel Ilin led Kazakhstan with 21 points.

Gilas will still compete for fifth place over the next couple of days. — JST, GMA News

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