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    Thanks to Kazakhstan win over Qatar, Gilas still has shot at spot in Asian Games semifinals

    Sep 27, 2014
    Gilas' hopes were revived after Kazakhstan's win over Qatar. Reuben Terrado

    INCHEON, South Korea — Thanks to Kazakhstan, Gilas Pilipinas still has a chance to make the semifinals of the 17th Asian Games.

    Now the Filipinos need to beat the Kazakhs to make it to the semis through the backdoor.

    A quest for the gold medal that looked doomed after the Philippines dropped a sorry 95-97 defeat to host Korea on Saturday was revived after the unfancied Kazakhs dealt Qatar a 65-57 loss later in the day at the Hwaseong Sports Complex.

    Qatar was the same team that dealt Gilas 68-77 setback a day earlier.

    [See Douthit status uncertain for Kazakhstan match after benching]

    But with the Qataris falling to Kazakhstan, Gilas now has a chance to make it to the crossover semifinals by forging a three-way tie for second place at the end of Group H play in the quarterfinals.

    To do that, the Filipinos must beat Kazakhstan by more than 10 points in their 2:30 p.m. match on Sunday and hope that Qatar loses to Korea. Such a scenario will have the three teams ending up with similar 1-2 records, thereby putting the quotient system in play.

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    Kazakhstan, however, will become the No. 2 seed with a win over Gilas or a loss in single digits and a Korea win over Qatar.

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    Qatar can reach the semis either with a win over Korea or a Kazakhstan loss to Gilas.

    Dmitriy Gavrilov finished with 22 points to lead Kazakhs to victory against the Qataris, who play the undefeated Koreans on Sunday at 7:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Manila time) at the Hwaseong Sports Complex.

    [See Gilas coach Chot Reyes apologizes for letting fans down]

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