PHI-KOR basketball rivalry is kinda one sided... in favor of Korea

Paul Lintag on Aug 15, 2017 08:20 PM
PHI-KOR basketball rivalry is kinda one sided...
Despite difficulties, good vibes surround Gilas Pilipinas after the national team entered the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup with a perfect record. However, a showdown with South Korea is up next and our rivalry with that nation is actually one sided... in their favor. (FIBA)

Just because the familiar names are not there anymore, don't make the mistake that the Philippines has fully exorcised the Korean Ghost that has continued to haunt our national team for decades now.

Sure, Gilas Pilipinas scored a sensational win against South Korea in 2013 during their last FIBA-Asia matchup but that's like our only shining moment against our East Asian rivals.

Sure, we "broke the curse" and all that and Gilas 2.0 were celebrated like champions. However, that game was South Korea's lone loss to the Philippines in the last 10 major tournament games between both countries.

FIBA columnist Enzo Flojo provided a chilling graphic Tuesday on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas' 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup quarterfinal matchup against South Korea.

The Philippines is literally 1-9 in its head-to-head matchups against South Korea in the FIBA-Asia Championship, Asian Games, and Jones Cup.


The Ghost is real that's for sure.

More than our lousy record, what's even more troubling is the fact that the Philippines played its true national team in nine of those 10 games, the only exception being the 2017 Jones Cup where Gilas fielded its Cadet team.

The Koreans won that game, 83-72. Gilas also lost in the 2009, 2011, and 2015 Jones Cup to Korea by a combined 23 points.

In the Asian Games, the Philippines is 0-2 to Korea, losing in 2010, 66-74, and again in 2014, 95-97.

Let's not even talk about the 2002 Asian Games.

When it comes to FIBA-Asia play, Korea is 3-1 over the Philippines over the last eight years.

Back in 2009, the then Powerade-backed Team Pilipinas lost its group stage game to the Koreans, 56-69. Yeng Guiao's crew would later drop the playoff for 7th place to the very same team, 80-82.

The Gilas Pilipinas program got its first taste of the Korean curse in 2011 when our national team led by Marcus Douthit surrendered a sorry 68-70 decision in the bronze medal game of the FIBA-Asia Championship in Tianjin.

The Korean Ghost is still alive, and now it's back.



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