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    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Smart Gilas Goes Into The ABA finals vs. Korea-Samsung Thunder

    Source: Inquirer.net
    American Marcus Douthit boosted his worth as naturalization prospect as the Smart Gilas Pilipinas five downed Chinese Taipei-Pure Youth, 84-77, Saturday night to reach the finals of the 4th Asian Basketball Association Club Championship in Haining, China.

    Douthit dished out a well-rounded effort of 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the Filipinos sealed a championship showdown with Korea Samsung Thunder.

    Smart Gilas captain Chris Tiu also shone with 12 points on top of eight boards and three assists.

    “It’s already an accomplishment and I hope we’ll go all the way,” said Smart Gilas team manager Frankie Lim of the Filipinos’ strong showing in their buildup for the November Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

    Since dominating a weak invitational tournament also in China in 2009, the nationals best performance so far was a bronze-medal finish in the import-laced Dubai International last January.

    “He’s an important piece in our Olympic quest,” said Lim of the 6-foot-10 Douthit, whose application for naturalization has been filed in Congress.

    Smart Gilas is hoping that Douthit would get his Filipino citizenship in time for the Asiad.

    The Nationals’ main goal is a slot in the 2012 London Olympics through next year’s Fiba Asia Championship in Beirut.

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