The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Korea at 11:30 P.M. on August 16, 2017 in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.
The 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Quarterfinals round starts today and for its opener it will be one of Asia’s biggest baketball rivals, Gilas Pilipinas and South Korea.
The last time that these two teams played each other was in 2017 William Jones Cup in Taiwan just last July.
Philippines sent a lineup which composed of most Gilas cadets while Korea sent its A team in that tournament.
Korea went victorious in that match while Gilas Pilipinas had a forgettable 1-of-26 struggle from behind the three-point line.
Jio Jalalon was Gilas’ high scorer with 18 points while Mike Myers provided the muscle under the rim with his 17 rebounds.
Currently, Jalalon is the third point guard in coach Chot Reyes player rotation and only seen few minutes in the past three games while Myers is not with the team.
Gilas “Thin Towers” (Almazan and Aguilar) should take over the rebounding slack.
The familiar and the trademark zone defense of the Koreans was the key in that win and that will be coach Chot’s assignment to look for a hole and exploit it.
However, there are some good news for Gilas fans. Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is set to return along with Calvin Abueva after nursing their respective injuries.
The other big news is that the Kraken will be finally unleashed as reported by interaskyon. It’s so timely for June Mar Fajardo to reinforce the post for Gilas Pilipinas in these difficult rounds.
As usual, team Korea will depend on their big men to deliver them points as well as in their sharpshooting from three-point area.
Sekeun Oh was their top performer player in their Quarterfinals qualifier game against team Japan. Although got fouled few minutes before the fourth quarter ends, Oh still managed to register 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals.
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