The win on Day 4 against Iraq ensured that Gilas Pilipinas would not only top the group but, more importantly, automatically make it to the quarter-finals. Gilas is now seeded in the Top 8, and will await the winner of the clash between Group D\’s 2nd place team (probably Japan) and Group C\’s 3rd place team (probably Korea).
– Gilas had a rousing win on Day 4 against Iraq, but they had to buckle down in the 2nd half and withstand a slow start. Unlike their game against China where they waxed hot early and often, Gilas slogged through the first half before finding their rhythm in the 3rd quarter and pulling away. They certainly would not want a slow start again here against the Qataris, who may be undermanned, but still have the potential to spring an upset.
– Qatar was supposed to have the services of naturalized player Sammy Monroe, but an injury and eligibility issues prevented the former PBA import from seeing action. That is maybe the biggest reason Qatar is 0-2 entering this game. Their single best perimeter scorer and facilitator was sidelined, and they had to make do with a team composed of a hodge-podge of up-and-comers and veterans. Still, they have decent size, depth, and shooting, so Gilas must not treat this as an automatic win despite all of Qatar\’s handicaps.
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