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MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas gets one foot in the door of the 19th Asian Games quarterfinal picture with an 87-72 rout of Thailand, denying a late fourth-quarter scare to go up 2-0 in the standings.
ASIAN GAMES BASKETBALL | FINAL:— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) September 28, 2023
Gilas Pilipinas remains undefeated at 2-0 in #AsianGames action, denying Thailand's late rally for an 87-72 finish!
- GILAS PILIPINAS 87-72: Arvin Tolentino late three
- GILAS PILIPINAS 84-72: Scottie Thompson seals the deal from the line
- GILAS PILIPINAS 82-72: Frederick Lish quick answer for two
- GILAS PILIPINAS 82-70: Japeth Aguilar short jumper
- GILAS PILIPINAS 80-70: Chris Newsome misses his second of two free throws
- GILAS PILIPINAS 79-70: Chanatip Jakrawan for two
- GILAS PILIPINAS 79-68: Justin Brownlee two free throws
- GILAS PILIPINAS 77-68: Chris Newsome layup off the June Mar Fajardo assist
- GILAS PILIPINAS 75-68: Frederick Lish sinks three more
- GILAS PILIPINAS 75-65: CJ Perez attacks the paint again for two, regains a double-digit lead
- GILAS PILIPINAS 73-65: Crucial three for Justin Brownlee after struggling all day long
- GILAS PILIPINAS 70-65: Frederick Lish with a quick answer inside. Thailand 18-2 run
- GILAS PILIPINAS 70-63: Ange Kouame finally ends the Gilas scoring drought with a two-pointer
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-63: Tyler Lamb extends the run to 16-0 with another three
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-60: Nattakarn Muangboon keeps the run going at 13-0 for Thailand with a three
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-57: Frederick Lish sinks a contested three
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-54: Anasawee Klaewnarong sinks a putback
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-52: Frederick Lish floater
- END OF 3Q: Gilas Pilipinas pulls away as it sits on a 68-50 cushion
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-50: Frederick Lish drains the three-pointer
- GILAS PILIPINAS 68-47: June Mar Fajardo inside
- GILAS PILIPINAS 66-47: Scottie Thompson offensive rebound and assist to CJ Perez
- GILAS PILIPINAS 64-47: Nattakarn Muangboon stops and pops for the trey
- GILAS PILIPINAS 64-44: Justin Brownlee sinks the triple for a 20-point cushion
- GILAS PILIPINAS 61-44: Marcio Lassiter for three
- GILAS PILIPINAS 58-44: CJ Perez skies for the layup
- GILAS PILIPINAS 56-44: Scottie Thompson makes the first and misses the second free throw
- GILAS PILIPINAS 55-44: Justin Brownlee gets the offensive board and bucket
- GILAS PILIPINAS 53-44: Tyler Lamb 1/2 at the line
- GILAS PILIPINAS 53-43: Justin Brownlee passes it to CJ Perez for the deuce
- GILAS PILIPINAS 51-43: Scottie Thompson lays it in
- GILAS PILIPINAS 49-43: Justin Brownlee cleans up his own miss
- GILAS PILIPINAS 47-43: Frederick Lish makes his foul shots
- GILAS PILIPINAS 47-41: Tyler Lamb sinks the technical free throw
- GILAS PILIPINAS 47-40: June Mar Fajardo 1/2 at the stripe
- GILAS PILIPINAS 46-40: Tyler Lamb cans another trey
- GILAS PILIPINAS 46-37: Calvin Oftana buries the three-pointer
- GILAS PILIPINAS 43-37: Patiphan Klahan answers with his own short stab
- GILAS PILIPINAS 43-35: Justin Brownlee inside
- Justin Brownlee (PHI) – 8 points (3-of-15), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
- CJ Perez (PHI) – 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
- June Mar Fajardo (PHI) – 6 points, 5 rebounds
- Tyler Lamb (THA) – 21 points (8-of-12)
- END OF 2Q: Gilas Pilipinas enters the break with 41-35 lead even as Justin Brownlee struggles
- GILAS PILIPINAS 41-35: Justin Brownlee finally connects from deep after six attempts
- GILAS PILIPINAS 38-35: Calvin Oftana with the reverse layup
- GILAS PILIPINAS 36-35: Jakongmee Morgan scores
- GILAS PILIPINAS 36-33: Scottie Thompson left open on the other end
- GILAS PILIPINAS 34-33: Tyler Lamb for three
- ILAS PILIPINAS 34-30: Tyler Lamb sinks the midrange jumper
- GILAS PILIPINAS 34-28: Another three-point play, this time from Kevin Alas
- GILAS PILIPINAS 31-28: Ange Kouame completes the and-one
- 28-28: Chanatip Jakrawan puts it back
- GILAS PILIPINAS 28-26: Tyler Lamb finds Frederick Lish for the easy fastbreak deuce
- GILAS PILIPINAS 28-24: Justin Brownlee splits his free throws
- GILAS PILIPINAS 27-24: Tyler Lamb scores off the post move
- GILAS PILIPINAS 27-22: CJ Perez hits the trey off a Justin Brownlee dime
- GILAS PILIPINAS 24-22: CJ Perez drives hard for the lead
- 22-22: Japeth Aguilar converts the alley-oop layup for the tie
- END OF 1Q: Thailand up 22-20 as Tyler Lamb explodes for 14 points
- THAILAND 22-20: Calvin Oftana finally hits the corner trey after three attempts
- THAILAND 22-17: Japeth Aguilar hauls down the offensive board and scores inside
- THAILAND 22-15: CJ Perez completes and-one
- THAILAND 22-12: Patiphan Klahan putback
- THAILAND 20-12: Tyler Lamb knocks down his third three-pointer
- THAILAND 17-12: Tyler Lamb continues his scoring tear
- THAILAND 15-12: Justin Brownlee spins and scores
- THAILAND 15-10: Jakongmee Morgan dials up from long distance
- THAILAND 12-10: Tyler Lamb with another triple
- GILAS PILIPINAS 10-9: Chris Newsome gives the Philippines the lead with a pair of free throws
- THAILAND 9-8: Tyler Lamb splits his freebies
- 8-8: June Mar Fajardo 2/2 at the stripe
- THAILAND 8-6: June Mar Fajardo hits the fallaway jumper
- THAILAND 8-4: Tyler Lamb cans the trey
- THAILAND 5-4: Justin Brownlee with the reverse layup
- THAILAND 5-2: June Mar Fajardo breaks the scoring ice for the Philippines
- THAILAND 5-0: Frederick Lee Jones Lish for three
- THAILAND 2-0: Tyler Lamb scores on the fastbreak
- GILAS PILIPINAS: Justin Brownlee, June Mar Fajardo, Scottie Thompson, Calvin Oftana, Chris Newsome
- THAILAND: Tyler Lamb, Frederick Lee Jones Lish, Jakongmee Morgan, Naratip Boonserm, Chanatip Jakrawan
One more win and Gilas Pilipinas gets its foot in the quarterfinal door of the Asian Games.
The Philippines shoots for a second straight victory as it battles regional rival Thailand at the Hangzhou Zhejiang University Zijingang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Thursday, September 28. Game time is 11 am.
Gaining a share of the lead in Pool C with Jordan after crushing Bahrain in its Asian Games opener for a 1-0 record, Gilas Pilipinas aims to reassert its mastery over a Thailand squad that it has beaten repeatedly in the past.
A win over the Thais will allow the Filipinos to inch closer to the quarterfinals as only the top team from each group will earn an outright berth to the next round.
The second and third placers from each of the four groups will dispute the remaining quarterfinal spots in a qualification round, while the tailender will be eliminated.
Justin Brownlee will once again be relied on after putting up a 20-point, 10 rebound double-double in the Philippines’ 89-61 demolition of Bahrain on Tuesday, September 26.
Ange Kouame (15), CJ Perez (15), and Calvin Oftana (10) also scored in double figures against the Bahrainis.
“We got to go up the level, we got to continue to rise in our game ’cause we’re going to play a tougher opponent each time out,” said Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone.
Meanwhile, Thailand looks to bounce back after a tournament-opening 97-63 blowout loss to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jordan.
Tyler Lamb and Frederick Lee Jones Lish will be marked men for the Thais. – Rappler.com