By the Numbers: Hello darkness, my old friend

Paul Lintag on Aug 17, 2017 02:54 PM
By the Numbers: Hello darkness, my old friend
The Ghost of Korea strikes again. (FIBA)

Many so-called fans didn't believe it but the Korean Ghost was pretty much alive and well and it came to haunt the Philippine men's basketball team at the absolute worst time.

Gilas Pilipinas made an unceremonious exit in the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), absorbing a 32-point beating at the hands of South Korea, its greatest rival in the Asian basketball scene.

After sweeping Group B, including a sensational victory over defending champion China, Gilas Pilipinas rolled to the quarterfinals of the Asian championships with quiet confidence.

However, once the knockout matchup started, it was quickly realized that South Korea still has the number of the Philippines when it comes to basketball.

Gilas Pilipinas made a gallant stand in the first half but the national team simply got overwhelmed once the floodgates opened in the final 20 minutes.

The Philippines has suffered many heartbreaking defeats at the hands of South Korea. But those almost exclusively came in dramatic fashion.

This latest loss might sting a little bit more because we simlply had no chance. It wasn't even close.

The Ghost is back, and it came to haunt us again.



Number of games lost by the Philippines to South Korea in the last 11 games in the FIBA Asia, Asian Games, and Jones Cup.

Over the last eight years, we only have one win against the Koreans, it was that famous Gilas victory that came in 2013.

We literally do not run this rivalry and Gilas Pilipinas has some work to do in order to turn this thing around in our favor.



Number of points scored by South Korea against Gilas Pilipinas in the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup, a new tournament high.

Korea previously scored 116 points against Kazakhstan in group play.



Number of three-point shots made by South Korea against Gilas Pilipinas.

The gaudy number is already impressive but what makes the performance more incredible on the part of Korea is that the team collectively shot 76 percent from deep.

The Koreans only missed five treys all game. It's hard enough to shoot 16/21 from three in a video game. South Korea did it in real life.



Number of South Korean players who made at least one three-point shot against Gilas Pilipinas.

Korea deployed 11 players against Gilas and leading scorer Sekeun Oh, who dropped 22 points, didn't even make a triple.

The three players who didn't make a triple for Korea were a combined 0/1 from deep.



Number of poins scored by Terrence Romeo to lead Gilas Pilipinas, all in the second quarter.

With South Korea starting the pull away, The Bro almost single-handedly kept the Philippines in the game in the first half.

Romeo's explosion saw him drill six treys in the second quarter. And although he didn't score again the rest of the way, if not for him, maybe the final result would have been way worse.



Number of years since the Philippines failed to advance to the semifnals of the FIBA Asia tournament.

In 2009, Powerade Team Pilipinas landed in 8th place after losing the battle for 7th to, you guessed it, South Korea.

Gilas Pilipinas then finished 4th in the 2011 edition, losing the bronze medal game to South Korea.

The Philippines beat Korea in the semifinals in 2013 but lost to Iran in the Final.

In 2015, Gilas Pilipinas settled for silver again, dropping an emotional championship to hosts China.



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