Gilas was already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals even before the game against Qatar. Even with that assurance, Gilas still went out to beat Qatar in front of thousands of Filipino fans. Matthew Wright and Gabe Norwood had big games against Qatar and because of that, headlined the FIBA Top 5 Plays of Day 6.
Norwood was once again all over the place. He blanketed Qatar’s best defenders, protected the rim and gave Gilas renewed energy on offense. He scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five dimes and blocked two shots.
Matthew Wright was on fire the entire game. His shot was wet, wet, wet as he rained treys all game long. The Philippines needed every bit of his scoring, especially in the clutch to pull out the win. Wright had 25 points on seven three-pointers.
Carl Bryan Cruz also played big against Qatar with Christian Standhardinger out. The Alaska forward scored 13 points and had three shots from beyond the arc.
Of course, a Gilas win in the FIBA Asia Cup wouldn’t be complete without a rock and roll slam from Raymond Almazan.
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