FIBA Asia: Gilas vs Iraq – 3rd Quarter

The win, a fitting follow-up to a shock 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday, enabled Gilas to all but clinch the top seeding in Pool B – and an all-important bye in the next round.

With a perfect 2-0 record, Gilas is expected to beat both China and Iraq in the tiebreak even it loses its final qualification match against also-ran Qatar (0-2) on Sunday.

Qatar tumbled out of contention for the two berths in Pool B after a 67-92 loss to China on Friday.

The scores:

PHILIPPINES 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro 1

IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hameed 5, Hamad 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Alfburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0

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