“This game was more or less a knock-out for us as far as entering the quarterfinals is concerned,” said Rajko Toroman of the RP- Korea tussle.
The Philippines' Smart Gilas outclassed Sangmoo of Korea 90- 76 to jumpstart its campaign in Group A's opening game of the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mark Barroca had the hot hands on 10 of 12 shooting finishing with 20 points as he combined with American CJ Giles who had 19 points and 12 rebounds in ensuring the victory for the Filipinos and gain a step in its modest objective of advancing to the quarterfinals.
Ateneo's Chris Tiu had 11 points on his international debut while UAAP rival JV Casio of La Salle chipped in 11 points for the young Philippine National Team.
FEU's Marnel Baracael also finished with 14 points.
Smart Gilas will next face Iran's Mahram Tehran tomorrow in a highly anticipated match that will feature Toroman's past and present players.