Gilas bows to China in classification game

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas’ fourth-quarter rally came up short as they bowed to a young but talented Chinese team, 78-71, in the classification phase of the 2014 Asian Games basketball competitions in Incheon.

With both teams now out of medal contention, both China and the Philippines were playing for the fifth to eighth places at the Hwaseong Sports Complex.

China established a lead as large as 19 points, but the Filipinos – playing without Jimmy Alapag and Marc Pingris – kept chipping at the deficit in the final quarter.

Gilas came as close as four points, 70-66, after a triple by LA Tenorio, but China was able to extend its lead through the free throw line.

Liu Xiaoyu then made it a double-digit advantage again, 76-66, with a huge three-pointer with 1:32 to go in the game.

Gilas was unable to recover, and is now relegated to the seventh-place game where they will face off against Mongolia.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit led the way for Gilas with 24 points, making 10 of his 16 attempts, to go along with six rebounds.

Ranidel De Ocampo was the only other Filipino in double digits, as he scored 14 points. Gilas, which relies heavily on their three-point shooting, made only three shots from beyond the arc the whole game.

Meanwhile, five players scored in double-digits for China, led by Liu with 16 points and five assists. The Chinese made eight of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc.

The battle for seventh place between Gilas and Mongolia will be on October 1 at 2:15 p.m.

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