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    Gilas Pilipinas rivals Qatar, Kazakhstan sweep their way to second round

    Aug 3, 2013
    Anton Ponomarev forces his way through the defense of India’s Amjyot Singh (left) and Narender Kumar Grewal. Nuki Sabio

    QATAR and Kazakhstan, two of several teams standing in the way of Gilas Pilipinas, completed a sweep of their first round preliminary assignments in the 27th Fiba-Asia Men's Championship to top their respective groups Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Getting 18 first half points from former NBA player Jarvis Hayes, the Qataris demolished Hong Kong, 87-64, to notch their second straight win and emerged the no. 1 team in Group B.

    Hayes, the no. 10 overall pick in the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft, finished with 25 markers.

    “We’re disappointed with our defense today. Defensively, we’ve got to improve with the game. We’re not the quickest team in the tournament so we need to learn to play against quicker teams. Against teams that can create and penetrate,” said Tom Wisman, coach of Qatar, which Gilas Pilipinas is on pace to meet in the second round of the tournament

    The Kazakhs meanwhile, waylaid India, 80-67, to clinch the top spot in Group D.

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    Mikhail Yevstigneyev had a game-high 21 points to pace Kazakhstan, which finished the first round unbeaten with a 3-0 record.

    Kazakhstan is also a potential opponent of Gilas come the knockout quarterfinals.

    Bahrain took the no. 2 spot in Group D with a 2-1 record after whipping Thailand, 86-62, Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, with India assuming the third spot at 1-2.

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    Despite being winless in two outings, Hong Kong still advanced to the carry-over, second round together with Japan as Group B had been reduced to just three teams following the last-minute withdrawal of Lebanon.

    Japan (1-1) ended up No. 2 in the group followed by Hong Kong.

    Earlier, South Korea routed Malaysia, 80-58, to finish its campaign at 2-1.

    The Sokors ended up at no. 2 in Group C as Iran emerged the top team with a 3-0 record after downing defending champion China, 70-51.

    The Chinese fell to as low as no.3 with a 1-2 slate as star Yi Jianlian failed to suit up for the second straight game owing to a groin injury.

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    Teams in Group A and B will be bunched together in Group E, while those from Groups C and D make up Group F in the second round

    The scores:

    Korea (80) -– Lee S.J. 18, Lee J. 12, Cho 11, Moon 10, Kim J. S. 7, Kim M. 6, Yoon 5, Kim S. 4, Kim J. 4, Kim T. S. 3, Yang 0, Choi 0.

    Malaysia (58) -– Kuek 25, Gan 10, Soo 5, Ooi 5, Wong 4, Doong 4, Choo 3, Ng 2, Wong 0, Tong 0, Mak 0.

    Quarterscores: 22-15; 44-29; 58-48; 80-58.

    Kazakhstan (80) – Yevstigneyev 21, Jonson 16, Yargaliyev 13, Ponomarev 11, Lapchenko 8, Klimov 6, Zhigulin 3, Bondarovich 2, Sultanov 0, Murzagaliyev 0.

    India (67) – Bhriguvanshi 19, Grewal 14, Joginder 10, Bharama 8, Amuyot 5, Yadwinder 4, Amritpal 4, Pratham 2, Singh 1, Pethani 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-19; 43-38; 67-48; 80-67.

    Qatar (87) – Hayes 25, Daoud 17, Ali 8, Saleem 7, Abdi 7, Saeed 5, Mohamed 5, Saad 4, Elhadary 3, Saleem Malek 3, Mohammed Baker 3, Musa 0.

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    Hong Kong (64) – Chan SW 18, Wong 9, Reid 8, Fong 8, Lau 8, Lau TL 4, Li 4, Lee 3, Lam 2, Chan YL 0, Poon 0, Szeto 0.

    Quarterscores: 32-14; 44-30; 64-47; 87-64.

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    Anton Ponomarev forces his way through the defense of India’s Amjyot Singh (left) and Narender Kumar Grewal. Nuki Sabio
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