Sweet revenge; Philippines move on to FIBA Asia finals

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This game could have gone either way but sharp shooter Jimmy Alapag’s three late in the fourth quarter made it clear that this was Philippines game to win.

The Philippines would outlast a Korean team that played exceptionally well to come out on top 86-79.

At half time, Korea held a three point advantage but we all this game was not going to be determined untile four quarters were played and the clock struck 0:00.

Gilas erupted during the third quarter playing without big man Marcus Douthit who sat out with a leg injury. Jayson Castro’s great decision making at the point guard position would lead Gilas back to an eight point lead over the Koreans. The third quarter was eventually capped off by this… (See video below)

In the fourth quarter, Korean sniper Mingoo Kim heated up from the floor. With four minutes to play in the game, and down five, Kim hit a massive four-point-play that would silence the Manila crowd. Eric Sandrin’s put back layup on the next offensive possession would give Korea a one point lead.

Down by one late in the fourth quarter, the Philippines looked no further than team captain Alapag for answers.

Alapag would hit two very big three pointers late in the game. His three with 54 seconds remaining in the game would seal the deal.

With the win, the Philippines automatically qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain no matter the result of their FIBA Asia finals matchup with  undefeated Iran.

Korea must win vs. Chinese Taipei to book a ticket to Spain

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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