FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: Gilas Pilipinas routs Qatar to boost bid

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Courtesy: FIBA website

(CNN Philippines, February 22) — Gilas Pilipinas strengthened its chance of booking a ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The national team defeated Qatar, 84-46, Friday at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha.

Andray Blatche led the way for Gilas after scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Thirdy Ravena, the first collegiate player to suit up for Gilas, played for over 12 minutes.

Erfan Ali Saeed paced Qatar with 10 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.

The Philippines improved to 6-5 in the team standings of Group F.

Gilas will next face Kazakhstan on February 24 at the Republican Velodrome Saryarka in Astana.