Underdog Kazakhstan stuns Philippines in FIBA qualifier

Visiting Kazakhstan pulled the rug from under the Philippines and hammered a stunning 92-88 win right at the Filipinos' home turf in their FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying matchup Friday. 

Underdog Kazakhstan stuns Philippines in FIBA qualifier
Kazakhstan's Alexandr Zhigulin led the visitors to a stunning 92-88 win over host Philippines. FIBA Basketball
The loss kept Gilas Pilipinas at third place in Group F with a 5-4 record, in a tie with Japan. The Philippines will host Iran, at second place with 6-3, on Monday. 

Stanley Pringle's ill-advised threes in the endgame coupled with the Kazakhs' steady free throw shooting did the hosts in.

He, however, led the Filipinos with 29 points, 4 assists and three rebounds that all went down the drain.

Gilas had no answer to the visitors' starting center Alexandr Zhigulin, who had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

READ: PH confident but not complacent against Kazakhs

Topics: Kazakhstan , Gilas Pilipinas , Stanley Pringle , FIBA Basketball World Cup , Alexandr Zhigulin
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