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Basketball: Philippines conquer Qatar ahead of showdown for last eight

The Philippines downed Qatar to rise to second in Group E of the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila. Photo: FIBA Asia / Nuki Sabio.

The Philippines downed Qatar to rise to second in Group E of the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila. Photo: FIBA Asia / Nuki Sabio.

August 7, 2013: The Philippines beat Qatar 80-70 to the delight of the home fans inside the 20,000-capacity Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, as the hosts moved to second spot in Group E of the FIBA Asia Championship.

 

Chinese Taipei, one of only two teams to have won all their games, remained top of the group following a surprisingly tough 79-76 win over Japan, while Qatar are third and also assured of a place in the quarter-finals.

 

The Philippines play bottom-placed Hong Kong on Wednesday and could secure top spot if Chinese Taipei lose to Qatar. The winner of the match between fourth-placed Jordan and fifth-placed Japan will secure the group’s final berth in the last eight.

 

In Group F, Iran maintained their winning record with a 75-56 win over Bahrain, while Korea stayed second following a 71-47 win over Kazakhstan.

 

Defending champions China, who suffered two defeats in the first round (Group C), moved to third with a 79-45 defeat of India and can secure a spot in the quarters by beating fifth-placed Bahrain on Wednesday. Kazakhstan are fourth and will advance if Bahrain lose to China.
The Philippines, who lost to Chinese Taipei in the first round, lifted their spirits with an impressive win against a physically imposing Qatar team.
The hosts led by as much as 23 points, 57-34, in the third quarter and still nursed a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

 

‘Gilas Pilipinas’ then had to contend with a late threat from the Qataris, who cut the lead to just nine points, 74-65, with just 2:11 remaining.

 

However, Gabe Norwood came up with a pair of big defensive stops on naturalised star Jarvis Hayes as Qatar managed just five points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer, for the remainder of the contest. The top four teams in each of the two six-team groups in the second round progress to the quarter-finals.

 

Group E comprises the top three teams from each of Groups A and B from the first round, while Group F comprises the top three teams from Groups C and D. All results are carried over except those against the eliminated teams.

 

2013 FIBA Asia Championship, Manila, Philippines

Second Round

 

Group E:

August 5: Qatar 75-61 Jordan

August 5: Chinese Taipei 94-55 Hong Kong

August 5: Philippines 90-71 Japan

August 6: Jordan 80-54 Hong Kong

August 6: Japan 76-79 Chinese Taipei

August 6: Philippines 80-70 Qatar

August 7: Japan v Jordan

August 7: Chinese Taipei v Qatar

August 7: Hong Kong v Philippines

 

Group F:

August 5: Iran 102-58

August 5: Kazakhstan 67-73 China

August 5: Korea 96-51 Bahrain

August 6: Bahrain 56-75 Iran

August 6: China 79-45 India

August 6: Kazakhstan 47-71 Korea

August 7: Iran v Kazakhstan

August 7: Bahrain v China

August 7: India v Korea

 

Classification 13-15

August 5: Malaysia 56-71 Thailand

August 6: Thailand 80-93 Saudi Arabia

Classification 9-12: August 9-10

 

Quarter-finals: August 9

Semi-finals (1-4, 5-8): August 10

Final playoffs: August 11

 

For updated scores, visit http://manila2013.fibaasia.net

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