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Aug 17, 2017
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There was no blatant home cooking or missed free throws when Korea ended the Cinderella run of Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 quarterfinals last night.

It's hard to trample down a team that shot over 66% from the field and 76% from the three-point line (16-21, tied tournament-high), on top of 34 assists. In basketball, this sort of offensive display is as glorious as it gets. Our paltry shooting—45.3% fg, 44% 3pt—just didn't cut it against SoKor's elite squad.

Terrence Romeo, in the zone in the 2nd quarter, kept Gilas within striking distance at halftime, 49-57, but his 22-point explosion still was not enough. Unfortunately, the Filipinos failed to build enough momentum and out up a more bruising defense in the next period, allowing the Koreans to pull away for good (with a 29-13 scoring advantage).

Midway through the third, it was clear Korea wasn't going to be denied their win. Despite Gilas being decimated on the court, that didn't seem to affect our countrymen, who stayed up late in support of the boys, especially on social media:


So that explains those gorgeous passes

The pros knew:

Bad news: Romeo was the only one making them when it was still close

Still can't get over from the Bro taking over

This was pretty much all of us last night

A quick history lesson

Expect Gilas to finish strong (next game against Lebanon)

 

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