BEIRUT, Lebanon (3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup): 2004 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup winners Qatar played an inspired fourth quarter and overcame a spirited, but progressively tiring, Philippines 79-75 and clinched the bronze medal on Sunday.
Seasoned campaigner Daoud Musa (white jersey in picture above) scored all his 11 points for the game, including back-to-back three-pointers that propelled Qatar forward, in the final ten minutes to help the GCC champions to the podium.
Qatar trailed Philippines for all but a little more than a minute in the first three quarters.
But after veteran Erfan Saeed and young find Targuy Ngombo helped each other to put their side 59-56 ahead at the end of the third quarter, and Musa fired his twin long-rangers at the start of the fourth, Qatar didn’t look back.
Ngombo finished with a game-high 28 points, and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Saeed scored 15, and had four collections.
Marnel Baracel had an all-round game scoring 21 points, and collecting six rebounds, but there was very little support for him in the fourth quarter.
Chris Tiu scored all his 13 points in the first three quarters, without even taking a shot in the final ten minutes.
Asi Taulava led the game for rebounds with 11 boards, but eight of them in the first three quarters.
“Our defense was far better in the fourth quarter,” Qatar coach Ali Fakhroo said.
“Álso we shot the ball better. Thankfully they missed their shots,” he added.
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