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On the strength of a third-quarter outburst, Gilas Pilipinas defeated Iraq 84-68 to improve to 2-0 in Group B play at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon.
The Philippines led by just one point at halftime, but they outscored Iraq 28-9 in the third quarter to build a lead that they never relinquished.
Iraq was essentially a one-man show, as guard Kevin Galloway led all scorers with 23 points to go along with 14 rebounds and six assists without much support from his teammates.
Guard Terrence Romeo turned in another solid performance for the Philippines with a team-high 17 points, but five other Gilas players scored at least eight points as well, which made the difference.
Both teams struggled mightily from a shooting perspective with the Philippines making just 37.8 percent of their attempts from the field, although they did connect at a 41.4 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Iraq made 35.9 percent of its shots from the field, and it also had a difficult time at the free-throw line, shooting just 53.3 percent.
While Iraq led by two points after the first quarter, Gilas chipped away and managed to take a narrow, one-point lead into the locker room.
Neither side was particularly strong offensively in the second quarter, but guard Jayson Castro took matters into his own hands on this play, courtesy of Sports5, by dishing out one of his team-high six assists:
Jayson Castro with the one-man fastbreak to set up CBC! #FIBAAsiaCup2017 #OPPOF3Plus https://t.co/pLfCkbawTq
The third quarter completely swung the momentum in the Philippines’ favor, as they finally broke out with 28 points in the frame, while Iraq could hardly make a shot.
One of the biggest reasons for Iraq’s issues in the quarter was the fact that Galloway went cold from the field.
In fact, he was unable to net a single point after scoring nearly half of Iraq’s points in the opening half, according to Chuck Araneta of Sports5:
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