Philippines bounces back, pulls away in 4th to beat Qatar

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Filipinos, who redeemed themselves from an 81-73 loss to Iran on Thursday in Tehran, fought back from as high as 18 points down and it started with their full-court pressure.The Nationals came out with a sense of urgency at the start of the third quarter after staring at a 13-point halftime deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnchored by a scrappy and crafty guard rotation of Alex Cabagnot, Stanley Pringle and Scottie Thompson on the defensive end, the Philippines got going and took the lead with Japeth Aguilar providing the offensive lift.“First half was just really bad shoting percentage especially in the three points and to think these are the best shooters in the country. That’s really an aberration, really a hangover from the Iran game,” Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The big difference was that theese guys really watned to win and they showed it with their commitment on defense,” Guiao added,Aguilar finished with a team-high 16 points, including a jumper and a putback dunk for an 82-69 Gilas spread inside the final four minutes, that went with nine rebounds.Cabagnot also scored 16 points while Pringle and Beau Belga added 13 and 11 points, respectively.Bruiser Mohd Yousuf Mohammed led the Qataris, who missed four key players due to injuries, with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.Qatar disrupted the Philippines’ defensive schemes after going 7-of-13 from long range in the first two quarters. The Qataris, however, ended up missing all of their nine attempts from downtown in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Brazilian volleyball player found dead in Spain Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo from Fiba.comShots still didn’t fall for the Philippines but its defense more than made up for its offensive woes on Monday night.Gilas Pilipinas tightened its defensive screws in the second half to frustrate Qatar and avoid a stunning upset with a comeback win in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifers behind closed doors at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more