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Gilas Pilipinas Beat Qatar, Clinch Top Spot in Group B at 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas clinched the top spot in Group B at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup on Sunday with an 80-74 win over Qatar.

Matthew Wright paced the Philippines, scoring 25 points and adding four assists, while Gabe Norwood added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Carl Cruz (13 points) and Terrence Romeo (10 points) also had strong games for Gilas.

Gilas Pilipins forward Gabe Norwood. JOSEPH EID/Getty Images
Mansour Elhadary (23 points, six assists) and Abdulrahman Saad (18 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for Qatar.

Wright was particularly effective from beyond the arc, shooting 7-of-12.

The Philippines got a huge contribution from its backups, as the bench provided 32 points, compared to just 14 points from Qatar's backups. Gilas also dominated on the boards, 42-34, including a 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Qatar struggled from beyond the arc (27.3 percent) and at the charity stripe (55.6 percent) as well. Nonetheless, the team put up a fight.

The win left Gilas unbeaten in group play and with a first-round bye in the knockout stages.

The team will face the winner of South Korea vs. Japan in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Qatar, meanwhile, finished the group stage without a win and did not advance to the knockout stages.

Author: Timothy Rapp
Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2727192-gilas-pilipinas-beat-qatar-clinch-top-spot-in-group-b-at-2017-fiba-asia-cup

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