Matthew Wright explodes for Gilas Pilipinas to sweep Group B

Matthew Wright made seven three-pointers and posted 25 posted 25 points to lead Gilas Pilipinas in an 80-74 win over Qatar to sweep the Group B of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Wright provided the sparks for Gilas to control the game early until the final buzzer. Wright contributed also in the assists category with four. With the win, Gilas Pilipinas surprisingly captured Group B which was considered the “Death Group”.

Aside from Wright, Bryan Cruz had 13 points on a 3-for-9 shooting from outside the arc. Surely, the outside shooting of the Philippines was remarkable going on to 15-for-42. One of the players who played an all-around game was Gabe Norwood as he posted 10 points on 2-for-4 from outside the arc, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

The suffocating defense of the Philippines created a wide gap in the third quarter at 49-29 with 7:49 left. Qater fought back and cut it into just five points, 75-70, with 2:06 left in the final quarter.

Also, the hero in the first two games Terrance Romeo posted 10 points, three assists and two rebounds. Jayson Castro contributed six points.

Mounsour Elhadary led Qatar with 23 points, six assists and three rebounds while Abdulrahman Saad added 18 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

Gilas Pilipinas will play the winner of Japan vs Korea in the quarterfinal round.

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