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Why Gilas fell to South Korea

MANILA, Philippines – If you’re a fan of Philippine basketball, this is one of those mornings where you wake up in a daze. Like you’re in the midst of a bad hangover. You shake your head and well, feel bad.

Gilas Pilipinas was on the business end of a 118-86 shellacking from South Korea that ended their FIBA Asia Cup medal hopes. Instead of trying to match the twin silver medal finishes of the past two continental cup editions, the Nationals will try to salvage a fifth place finish (assuming it doesn’t drop any more matches).

Gilas Pilipinas guard Jayson Castro. FIBA photo
How did the Koreans cruelly snuff the life out of Gilas?

They shot the daylights out of Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex.

If anyone wrote the book about deadly outside shooting in Asia, it’s Korea. Heck, former national coach Joe Lipa went to Korea as far back as the mid-1980s to learn the style that he eventually tried to implement in his national sides including his collegiate squads in Ateneo and UP.

The Philippines shot 45 percent from 2-point field goal range and 42 percent from 3-point land. In fact, the nationals hit 11-25 treys! That is absolutely very good for any other game and plenty good enough to win.

Author: Rick Olivares
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/17/1730055/why-gilas-fell-south-korea

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