The loss to South Korea was a painful one. After being on a high from sweeping the Group stages, Gilas got ambushed in the quarterfinals by a well-prepared and surgically precise Korean team. There are lessons to be learned from the loss. Gilas will bounce back and emerge stronger than before.
If there was any consolation to the loss, it was Terrence Romeo’s fireworks display during the second quarter of game. His step-back three-pointer during that run made it to the Top 5 plays of Day 1 of the FIBA Asia Cup Quarterfinals along with Japeth Aguilar’s put-back slam.
Romeo scored 22 points in the second quarter alone. He basically matched South Korea shot for shot. He single-handedly kept Gilas afloat with that offensive explosion.
Jayson Castro was also impressive in the first half of the Quarterfinals game. He was aggressive in attacking the basket and finding the open man for the easy basket.
The Blur tried to power Gilas by aggressively attacking the basket in the first half. He scored 11 points and dished out four assists.
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