The Mighty Sports Philippines is going to the semi-finals round of the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.
Mighty Sports vs Oil Sports Iraq Replay
Dubai International Basketball Championship 2019: Mighty Sports Philippines vs. Oil Sports Iraq
Posted by Sports5 on Thursday, February 7, 2019
Team Philippines did that by eliminating the Oil Sports Iraq in their knockout quarterfinals match, 108-94.
In the first quarter of their game it seems that Mighty Sports will have a relax and easy time on beating the Iraq team.
The national team piled a 21-point lead as if they’re playing like their first two assignments during the elimination round.
Yet, in the final few minutes of the second quarter, Oil Sports changed their defensive plan by employing a zone 2-3 defense.
The Philippines squad seems like they got surprised as they couldn’t penetrate inside. As a result, the big lead was cut down to only 10 at the end of the first half.
In the early goings of the third quarter, it was the same story like in the initial quarter. Mighty Sports once again reclaim their big lead but this time it reaches to 22-point advantage.
Team Iraq have the same formula when the game hits the final quarter, they executed their zone defense once again to catch up their opponent.
They were successful as they trimmed down their deficit to only six points, 98-92 with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
It was an anxious moment for all Filipino fans who are watching the game.
However, Oil Sports Iraq only managed to add two more points on that run they made as the Mighty Sports able to escape.
With that victory, team Philippines will be meeting the six time champions Al Riyadi in the semi-finals.