The Philippines is struggling to win first Asian Games gold medal in more than 50 years. It seemed the part of a contender against Iran in the preliminary stages in a rematch of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships in Manila, even if it lost in heartbreaking fashion.
The important factor for the Philippines will be its defense against the Qatar duo of Khalid Suliman Abdi and Erfan Ali Saeed. Abdi averaged 18.5 points a game in the early going, while Saeed posted nightly averages of 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
A female referee is officiating the #GilasPilipinas game vs Qatar. Sure a great step for gender equality in sports!
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QATAR defeats PHILIPPINES, 77-68
Determined Qatar sends Gilas Pilipinas reeling to another loss
Watson splits. Qatar now leads by 9.
Qatar lead is now 8 with 36 seconds left in the game.
36.4 seconds remaining in the game and we are down by 6. 74-68, Qatar.
Paul Lee fouls out of the game QAT 74-68 PHI
Alapag nails a triple! This isn’t over yet! QAT 74-68 PHI
Mohammed with a layup. Philippines now down by 9. QAT 74-65 PHI
Watson scores one over Douthit. QAT 72-65 PHI
Watson slashes through, but Douthit answers back on the other end! QAT 70-65 PHI
Chan with a 2. Norwood with a steal and Qatar fouls. Gabe makes both freebies QAT 69-63 PHI
Saeed makes 1 out of 2 of his freebies. QAT 68-59 PHI
Mohamed scores fa long 2. QAT 65-59 PHI
Mohd Mohammed fouls. Pingris on the line and he goes 2/2. QAT 63-59 PHI
At the end of the third, Qatar holds a five-point lead
With his 3rd!!! Alapag is on fire! QAT 56-51 PHI
Alapag with back-to-back threes QAT 56-48 PHI
Gilas Pilipinas playing catch up QAT 53-42 PHI
(3Q, 5:05) PHILIPPINES 39 – 51 QATAR
(3Q, 7:52) PHILIPPINES 39 – 42 QATAR
Gilas half-time stats: Lee has 8 pts, Marcus 6, LA and Chan 5 each
(Halftime) PHILIPPINES 39-36 QATAR
Mohd Mohammed scores. He scores again. Chan with back-to-back misses. 39-36 Gilas.
Chan with a tough shot, still makes it. 39-32 now for Gilas.
Chan quickly makes an impact, sinks a three! 37-32 Gilas.
Baker Mohamed makes both FTs. Jeff Chan returns for Lee. 34-32 Gilas.
Double foul called on Japeth Aguilar and Mohammed. 34-30 for Gilas.
Lee beats the shot clock! Lee called for the foul on Watson. 34-29 Gilas.
Watson three. He cuts the Gilas lead to 32-29.
(2Q, 4:08) PHILIPPINES 32 – 26 QATAR
Mohammed tips it in. Dillinger for three! 32-24 for Gilas.
Daoud ends the drought. But RDO quick to respond. 29-22 for Gilas.
One more three for Paul Lee! And it’s now a 12-0 burst for Gilas.
(2Q, 7:58) PHILIPPINES 24 – 19 QATAR
Lee with a three! YES! 24-19 now for Gilas.
June Mar patiently waits, scores and gets the foul! He misses the bonus.
End of 1st quarter: Gilas 19-19 Qatar.
Abdulla scores. Tenorio for three! BANG! 19-18 for Qatar.