Gilas Pilipinas defeated Qatar, 84-46 on the road to stay alive for a slot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Andray Blatche led Philippines with 17 points along with 15 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in his return to Gilas after his suspension due to the Gilas-Australia brawl.
Marcio Lassiter with 14 points and was perfect 4/4 from 3. Paul Lee scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and was 3 out of 4 from the three-point line. Jayson Castro with 11 points while Japeth Aguilar contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Philippines shot 50% from the three-point line (15/30) and with 21 assists against 8 only for Qatar.
Gilas now with a 6-5 record with 1 more game remaining in the FIBA Qualifiers against Kazakhstan on Feb 24 in another game on the road. Our best chance to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup is to be the best 4th placed team.
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Philippines 84 – Blatche 17, Lassiter 14, Lee 13, Castro 11, Aguilar 10, Barroca 7, Erram 6, Rosario 4, Norwood 2, Fajardo 0, Ravena 0, Thompson 0.