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    Mac Belo helps Gilas stop the bleeding in Fiba Asia Challenge with rout of Kazakhstan

    Sep 13, 2016
    Mac Belo put together a double double for Gilas against the Kazakhs. Photo from Fiba.com

    MAC Belo finally took charge for a Gilas Pilipinas side that couldn't buy a win in the Fiba Asia Challenge 2016, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead the team past Kazakhstan, 98-86, on Tuesday in Tehran, Iran.

    Belo, easily the biggest name in a national lineup left without PBA players as well as amateur stars Kiefer Ravena and Rayray Parks, stamped his class as Gilas ended a run of three losses to India, Chinese Taipei and China.

    Gilas got off to a scintillating 22-7 start but had to fend off a late-game rally by Mikhail Yevstigneynev-led Kazakhs to barge into the win column after dropping their first three games against India, Chinese-Taipei, and China.

    The victory also gave a ray of hope for the Filipino ballers, who need at least two wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the continental meet.

    Yevstigneynev instigated the furious 18-5 rally to close the third period and allow Kazakhstan to close in, 70-66. But he fouled out with 2:57 to go and Gilas started to pull away, enjoying a 90-77 lead on Kevin Ferrer's triple. The former UST star followed it up with another booming triple to take the fight out of the already eliminated Kazakhstan side.

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    Ed Daquioag contributed 17 points, while Russell Escoto added 12 for Gilas, who next faces Jordan in a must-win situation to enter the quarterfinals.

    Pavel Ilin had 18 points while Nikolay Bazhkin added 17 for the Kazakhstan team that’s winless in four outings.

    The Scores:

    PHILIPPINES 98 – Belo 30, Daquioag 17, Escoto 12, Ferrer 8, Perez 7, Cruz 6, Javier 6, Tolomia 6, Pogoy 3, Gotladera 2, Van Opstal 1, Pessumal 0.

    KAZAKHSTAN 86 – Yevstigneyev 23, Ilin 18, Bazhkin 17, Micheev 17, Kuanov 4, Konyssov 3, Kozhanov 2, Savchenko 2, Gubashev 0, Maidekin 0.

    Quarters: 27-15, 47-37, 70-66, 98-86.

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    Mac Belo put together a double double for Gilas against the Kazakhs. Photo from Fiba.com
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