Gilas Pilipinas has finally redeemed itself after an eight-year losing streak against South Korea in the FIBA series.
Through SJ Belangel’s off-balanced triple shot, the Philippine team managed to pull off an unexpected turn-around in the last part of the game ending with an 81-78 win over S. Korea at Clark, Pampanga, on Wednesday (June 16).
There were only two seconds left in the match – and the scores tied at 78-78 – when Belangel fired off his now-iconic shot past S. Korea’s towering Lee Seoung-Hyun, bringing the country a step closer to a direct qualification spot in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021.
The last time the country won against S. Korea was at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, which was also held in the Philipines.
Overall, Belangel contributed 13 points and 5 rebounds to the team’s winning game.
Meanwhile, Dwight Ramos – the one who kept PH’s score toe-to-toe with S. Korea in the third quarter, chalked up 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Newcomers Kai Sotto, Angelo Kouame, and Carl Tamayo also scored in the double digits, pitching in 11, 12, and 10 points respectively.
With this win, Gilas Pilipinas has solidified its spot in the Group A of the qualifiers. The team’s record is currently at 4 wins and 0 losses.
On the other hand, S. Korea’s record is at 2-1 placing second in Group A just below Gilas.
After this match, the team will battle it out with Indonesia on Friday (June 18).
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