HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA Quarterfinals: Smart-Gilas vs Chinese-Taipei
MANILA, Philippines - Smart-Gilas Pilipinas survives a late rally from Chinese Taipei, 75-68, to secure a semifinal showdown against Iran in the 4th FIBA Asia Cup.
Chinese Taipei's Creighton led all scorers with 21, but Douthit had a dominating performance with 19 points, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 1 steal.
The Philippine team dominated inside collecting 50 rebounds and scoring 40 points in the shaded area againt the 31 rebounds and 28 points of Chinese Taipei. It wasn't the best showing on offense for the Filipinos but their defense was able to hold off the Taiwanese.
Head coach Chot Reyes said on microblogging site Twitter that their 'rust showed' and they 'need to play a lot better' to have a chance against Iran.
Not pretty at all. Our rust showed. But at least we found a way. We need to play a LOT better to have a chance vs Iran tom— Chot Reyes (@coachot) September 20, 2012
Philippines led Taipei at the end of the first half, 38-32. Gilas' Douthit was a force in the paint scoring 13 points and hauling down 11 rebounds.
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