Qatar nips Chinese Taipei, clears path for Gilas to be #1
MANILA, Philippines -- The ball is now in Gilas Pilipinas' court.
Qatar engaged Chinese Taipei in a bruising matchup and came out on top, 71-68, in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship second round on Wednesday, August 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Yasseen Musa plastered the erstwhile Group E leaders with 20 points and 19 rebounds as Qatar inflicted the first blemish on Chinese Taipei's record in the tournament.
Should it beat Hong Kong in their matchup tonight, the Philippines grabs the top spot and sets a probable quarterfinals date with Kazakhstan while Chinese Taipei slips to second and a matchup with China in the last 8.
The Qataris broke free from a tight game with a 10-0 run capped by a Jarvis Hayes basket midway through the final canto to build a 68-56 advantage with 4:07 left.
But Chinese Taipei did not roll over and die, dropping its own 12-0 bomb to tie it up at 68-all off a Tien Lei two-pointer.
Daoud Mosa Daoud sank the go-ahead basket with 43 seconds remaining before Hayes iced the win for Qatar with a free-throw.
Hayes struggled from long range but still ended up with 13 points and 7 rebounds even as Daoud added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to help Qatar rebound from a slapping by the Philippines on Tuesday night.
If Gilas beats Hong Kong, Qatar will face second-seeded Korea in the knockout stage on Friday.
Meanwhile, Quincy Davis led all scorers with 23 markers and 8 boards but usual suspects Lin Chih-Chieh and Tseng Wen-Ting could only combine for 3 points on one of 9 shooting. - Rappler.com