End of the road for Gilas Pilipinas in Incheon Asiad


INCHEON, South Korea: Gilas Pilipinas edged Kazakhstan on Sunday, but fell short of the required points for it to continue its medal chase in the 2014 Asian Games here.

The Philippine team had to win by 11 points to produce a quotient rating that would give it a slim chance of advancing to the semifinal round in the basketball competition.

But Kazakhstan put up a tough stand, allowing Gilas to win by only a hairline, 67-65.

The two teams wound up the quarterfinals with similar 1-win-2-losses slates, but Kazakhstan toted a higher quotient: +6 points to the Philippines’ -7.

“We had to win by 11 points and as usual we fizzled out again in the end. We won but we really lost. We are now out of contention for a medal and that’s the story of this ball game,” said a dejected Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit made up for a lackadaisical game against Qatar to pace Gilas Pilipinas with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jimmy Alapag had 11 points and LA Tenorio added eight.

Reyes benched Douthit during the game against South Korea, where Gilas lost by only two points.

“We had a team meeting yesterday and Marcus reiterated his apology and said he’s ready to play. The players asked me to allow him to play. But the story of this tournament was that loss to Qatar,” Reyes said.

The Philippines will be relegated to the classification stage where it could only finish as high as fifth place.

In the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China, the Philippines placed sixth.

Saturday was another roller-coaster day for the Philippines here in Incheon.

Olympian Toni Leviste banked on her experience to lead the equestrian team to the finals.

Leviste and Martin Diego Lorenzo Jr. shared 15th spot in the qualifying round at the Dream Park Equestrian. Joker Arroyo grabbed the last ticket at 20th place.

The first block of the finals is scheduled at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. in Manila) and the second block at 1 p.m. (12 noon in Manila).

In women’s boxing at the Seonhak Gymnasium, reigning world champion Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio did not make it past the quarterfinals.

Gabuco was booted out by Le Thi Bhang of Vietnam via a unanimous decision (3-0) in the flyweight category. Petecio also absorbed a 3-0 decision loss, to Yin Junhua of China in the lightweight class.

Counting Dennis Galvan and Ian Clark Bautista, four Filipino boxers are out of the running.

The athletics team carries on the country’s medal hunt on Monday as former Asian champion Marestella Torres competes in the women’s long jump at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila) at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

With a personal best of 6.71 meters, Torres is aiming to surpass her fourth-place finish in the 2010 Games when she goes up against a field that includes Asian Games champion Jung Soon-ok of South Korea, bronze winner Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan and Chinese bets Jiang Yan Fei and Lun Minja.

Myanmar Southeast Asian Games titlist Christopher Ulboc Jr. runs in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at 8:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. in Manila).

China continued to dominate the medals count with 101 golds, 61 silvers and 45 bronzes. Host South Korea is in second (41-45-44) followed by Japan (32-44-44).

The Philippines is in 25th place with two silvers and two bronzes.


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