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FIBA Asia Cup: Merciless Korea eliminates overmatched Gilas Pilipinas

Jayson Castro and Gilas Pilipinas had no answer for Korea’s firepower in their quarterfinal game on Wednesday. Courtesy of FIBA.com

South Korea defeated the Philippines 118-86 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday.

The Koreans ran circles around Gilas Pilipinas at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. They were more precise in their shooting and more clinical in their execution.

In short, they were much better. Like video-game better.

After being down by double digits early, the Philippines made it a game in the second quarter.

Behind a team-high 22 points and 6 3-pointers by an unconscious Terrence Romeo — all scored in the second — the Philippines finished the half trailing by just 57-49. 

But a one-man show couldn’t cut it against a buzzsaw of a Korean team.

Korea outscored Gilas, 29-13, to stretch the lead to 86-62 making the fourth quarter a mere formality.

In the end, the Koreans assisted on 34 of 44 field goals. 

Gilas shot a respectable 45% from the field (34 of 75), but Korea was on a whole different level, converting a scorching 66.7% from the floor on 44-of-66 shooting.

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