Thursday, August 21, 2014

FIBA Asia U-18: Batang Gilas suffer loss to faster South Korea

Thrice former champions and last edition’s silver medallists Korea answered six-time former champions Philippines speed with a speedier response and went a couple of steps ahead in their floor management to post an 87-69 win in a crucial Group B game at the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship on Thursday.

The win leaves Korea with the advantage of carrying two wins into the Second Round Group E, where they will take on the top three teams of Group A including ten-time and reigning gold medallists China. Philippines too make it to the Second Round – as also Jordan – from the three-team Group B Prelim Round, but will only carry forward one win, against Jordan.

Song Kyochang (pic above), Kwon Hyeokjoon and Kim Kyungwon all looked composed enough to beat the Filipino speed and accounted for 17 points apiece, the last mentioned also collaring 15 rebounds.

Ranbill Tongco looked sparkling when he got half of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc, that Leonard Santillan’s lone successful effort was the only other three-pointer sank spoke for the Filipinos’ struggle with their shooting. Overall Philippines shot a mere 29/80 – as against Korea’s 33/74 – on the field.

The scores:
South Korea (87) – K. Kim 17, Song 17, Kwon 17, Jeon 12, Byeon 10, Park 4, Jang 4, Y. Kim 3, Yoo 2, Lee 1, Yang 0, Pack 0.

Batang Gilas (69) – Tongco 24, Dyke 10, Black 8, Escoto 7, Paras 6, Go 4, Desiderio 4, Santillan 3, Caracut 2, Mosqueda 1, Yu 0, Bienes 0.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 45-39, 61-54, 87-69.


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