FIBA Asia Cup

Korea quashes Indonesia to bounce back from Gilas Pilipinas loss

Delfin Dioquino
Korea quashes Indonesia to bounce back from Gilas Pilipinas loss

OUTSIDE SNIPING. Ricardo Ratliffe and Korea rain three-pointers on Indonesia.

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Korea gets back on track from its shocking loss to Gilas Pilipinas as it demolishes Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Korea rebounded from its stunning loss to Gilas Pilipinas with a dominant 104-81 win over Indonesia in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga on Thursday, June 17.

Beaten by the Philippines for the first time in eight years the day prior, Korea redeemed itself behind a blistering display from long range to hike its record to 3-1 – good for second place in Group A.

The Koreans rained triples on the Indonesians as they sank 16 of their 35 three-point attempts for an impressive 46% clip.

Ra Gun-ah (formerly Ricardo Ratliffe) led the way for Korea with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Lee Hyun-jung delivered 21 points spiked by four treys to go with 9 rebounds.

Trailing by 17 points at halftime, Indonesia managed to shave its deficit to 8 points in the third quarter, 46-54, with Lester Prosper and Hardianus Lakudu at the forefront of its attack.

But Korea pulled away for good with a 23-11 run as it headed to the final quarter sitting on comfortable 19-point cushion.

Korea is already a cinch for an Asia Cup berth – with the top two teams from each of the six groups advancing – but it still awaits the decision from FIBA on its ranking points.

FIBA announced in January that it will deduct 2 points from Korea after skipping the second window of the qualifiers in November last year.

As things stand, the Philippines (4-0) has 8 points, Korea (3-1) has 7 points, Indonesia (1-3) has 5 points, while Thailand (0-4) has 4 points.

Prosper starred for Indonesia with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Abraham Grahita chimed in 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Indonesia, already qualified for the Asia Cup as the tournament host, will play two more games against the Philippines on Friday, June 18 and Thailand on Sunday, June 20. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.