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Gilas Pilipinas breaks curse, squeaks past South Korea for FIBA Asia Cup berth

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The Korean curse has been broken again.

Gilas Pilipinas, playing proud on home soil, pulled off a huge second half surge to beat archrival South Korea, 81-78, in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Gym in Clark.

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The game looked like it would be headed to an overtime after Korea hit  a three-pointerto tie the game, 78-78, with 2 seconds left to play.

But SJ Belangel came up big, hitting a three-pointer as time expired to seal the win for the young Gilas team.

Dwight Ramos led the Philippines with 16 points while Belangel finished with 13 for the Philippines.

The monumental victory will see the Filipinos qualified for the prestigious cagefest slated in Indonesia this coming August.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA News

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