ASIAN GAMES: The curse lives as Korea beats Gilas Pilipinas again
Paul Lintag on Aug 27, 2018 12:37 PM
(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Hello darkness, my old friend.
The Korean curse strikes again and the Philippines took another demoralizing defeat at the hands of its greatest basketball rivals, this time in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Gilas ran out of steam in the fourth quarter of their knockout quarterfinals game, losing 82-91 to South Korea, Monday at the GBK Basketball Hall.
The Philippines and South Korea were set up for another wild finish after Jordan Clarkson hit a booming triple to put Gilas up one, 65-64, after three quarters.
But in the fourth, it was all Korea as the defending Asian Games champions found rhythm through their string of offensive rebounds.
Ricardo Ratliffe gave Korea the lead for good, 69-68, with a powerful two-hand slam and the rest of his shooters put the Philippines away.
Jeon Junbeom, who didn't play meaningful minutes until the second half, scored three triples in the fourth, with the last one being a straightaway dagger that gave Korea an 89-76 lead with exactly two minutes to go.
With the victory, the Koreans will move on the the semifinals on Thursday, leaving Gilas in the classification phase for the 5th-8th spots.
Ratliffe led the way for South Korea with 30 points and 14 rebounds. He was in foul trouble in the first half with three fouls but the Philippines failed to follow up on that advantage in the second.
Ricardo, a former PBA import for the Purefoods franchise, almost played all 40 minutes and was only subbed out late in the fourth to have his fingers taped.
Heo Ilyoung and Kim Sunhyung added 17 points apiece for the defending champions.
Gilas lost back-to-back games in the Asian Games and will bow out of the medal race. However, the Philippines needs only one win to improve upon its 7th-place finish from four years ago.
Jordan Clarkson led Gilas with 25 points, 15 in another sensation third-quarter performance that gave Gilas an eight-point lead, but it wasn't enought for the win.
The Fil-Am combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers is still looking for his first win for Team Philippines.
Christian Standhardinger was brilliant off the bench again, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds as he went head-to-head with Ratliffe for most of the game.
Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee finished with 14 and 11 points respectively for the Philippines.
Philippines (82) - Clarkson 25, Standhardinger 16, Pringle 14, Lee 11, Almazan 7, Norwood 3, Belga 3, Taulava 0, Erram 0.
Korea (91) - Ratliffe 30, Kim 17, Heo IY 17, Lee SH 11, Jeon 9, Heo U 6, Lee JH 1, Park 0, Choi 0.
Quarters: 18-22, 42-44, 65-64, 91-82.
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