MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas advances to the semifinals of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup after surviving a late rally from India, 70-66, on Thursday, July 17 at Wuhan, China.
After dominating the first three quarters of the game, the Philippine National Men’s basketball team failed to score again with over four minutes left in the game following a triple by Paul Lee.
Lee’s trey gave Gilas a 14-point lead, 70-56, but India would slowly storm back giving the Filipinos a scare in the end game.
In the dying minutes of the game, with Gilas holding on to a five-point lead, 70-65, India missed a shot and Lee would again come up with a big play, taking the rebound to help secure the win for the Filipinos.
Lee, who is making a strong case to be part of the final Gilas roster that will compete in Spain for the FIBA World Cup, once again led the Philippine team with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals while making three out of four of his three-point attempts.
Marcus Douthit was a force in the paint helping Gilas control the game in the first three quarters. He contributed 14 points and hauled down 12 rebounds. Ranidel de Ocampo has also been a steady contributor for the Philippines scoring 13 points making both of his three-point attempts.
Gilas will face Iran in the semifinals – the team they lost to in the Finals of the FIBA Asia Championships held in Manila back in August 2013.
PH (70) – Lee 15, Douthit 14, De Ocampo 13, Washington 7, David 6, Alas 5, Dillinger 4, Aguilar 2, Fajardo 2, Tenorio 2, Belga 0
IND (66) – Amritpal Singh 20, Bhriguvanshi 10, P. Singh 10, J Singh 9, Amjyot Singh 8, Mishra 6, Y Singh 2, Pethani 1
Quarter scores: 20-17, 45-33, 60-47, 70-66
GILAS PILIPINAS AT FIBA ASIA CUP