MANILA, Philippines – Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha, Qatar, defeated South Korea 88-77 in the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship on Saturday, releasing Gilas Philippinus in seventh place.
Within the striking distance after three quarters, Gilas could not keep South Korea away with a 13-4 run in the first four minutes of the fourth period.
Lee Guanwei’s six-minute mark in a 3-pointer final frame gave South Korea a 74-61 lead while Ku Mingyo sealed the game 83-72 with 1:01 remaining.
Mingo’s team-high was 21 points out of 10 out of 15 from the field.
Jared Bae led all scorers with 25 rebounds and nine assists for the Giles, who were knocked out of the World Cup after losing 109-83 to Australia in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The youngsters will face Iran or India in the seventh place battle on Sunday.
South Korea hit 53 percent off the field, including 10 of 21 from long range, while the Giles fought three of just five of 24 attempts.
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