Gilas Pilipinas' semifinal chances at Asian Games 2014

Gilas Pilipinas can advance to the Asian Games 2014 semifinals if... they win tomorrow vs Kazakhstan by at least 11 points, and if South Korea wins vs Qatar.

Gilas lost earlier today vs South Korea by just 2 points, 95-97, and it was marked by a controversy, due to Marcus Douthit being benched by Coach Chot Reyes. Many believe Gilas could have won if only Douthit entered the game.

Scorers for Gilas in that game were: Jimmy Alapag - 25 pts, LA Tenorio - 20 pts, Jeff Chan - 16 pts, June Mar Fajardo - 12 pts, Ranidel De Ocampo - 11 pts, Gabe Norwood - 5 pts, Marc Pingris - 4 pts and Japeth Aguilar - 2 pts.

Top scorers for S.Korea were Moon Taejong with a huge tournament high 38 pts, Cho Sungmin with 17 pts and Kim Taesul - 16 pts.

Despite that, Gilas Pilipinas still have a chance of earning a semifinal slot in the 2014 Asian Games after Kazakhstan defeated Qatar
earlier this evening, 65-57.

Tomorrow, Sep. 28, Gilas Pilipinas will be playing vs Kazakhstan, their last game in the quarterfinals. South Korea has already advanced to the semis even if they lose tomorrow against Qatar.

So for the Philippines to advance to the semi-finals, they must win versus Kazakhstan by at least 11 points, and also if Qatar loses to South Korea. It will put the Philippines, Kazakhstan and Qatar in a 3-way tie for the 2nd spot in Group H, and the team with the highest quotient will move to the next round.

Forget all those Gilas' 3 consecutive losses, and the benching of Marcus Douthit during their game vs South Korea. Let's hope for the best that tomorrow will bring good news for us: Philippines advancing
to 2014 Asian Games semifinals.

The Gilas Pilipinas vs Kazakhstan game happens at 3:15PM, while the South Korea vs Qatar game takes place at 7:45 in the evening. -

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