Gilas Pilipinas overcame a rugged start and pulled off a quick 21-0 blast to win against Iraq, 84-68 in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup on Friday, August 11 at Beirut, Lebanon.
Christian Standhardinger scored 12 points in the third period to give his squad the momentum they needed after starting slow and ended with 16 markers and 7 boards.
Terrence Romeo, with a team-high of 17 points to go with 4 assists and two rebounds, exploded for 11 points in the third quarter to turn a 32-31 game at halftime into a full-blown rout.
Carl Cruz provided 11 points on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from beyond the arc, on top of three assists, two boards, and zero turnover in almost 25 minutes of play. RR Pogoy added 9 markers and Norwood ended with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
After acing a record of 2-0, Gilas Pilipinas assured the top spot in the Group B and an outright spot in the quarterfinals.
Philippines is set to face winless Qatar on Sunday for their last game in the first round.
PHILIPPINES 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro 1
IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hameed 5, Hamad 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Alfburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0
Quarterscores: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68. Stats via FIBA.com.