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South Korea vents ire on Indonesia in ACQ play

The South Korean bench celebrates after a made field goal. FIBA/Paul Ryan Tan
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--South Korea wasted no time in showing its dominance on Indonesia and walked away with a 104-81 win in the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Thursday.

A day after SJ Belangel broke their hearts with a buzzer beating three pointer to give Gilas Pilipinas the win, the Koreans vented ire on the Indonesians right at the get go, opening a 27-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

South Korea never looked back from there even if Indonesia somehow got its offensive game going in the final three quarters.

Ricardo Ratliffe prevailed over Lester Prosper in the battle of former PBA imports as the two-season Magnolia import held the former Terrafirma and San Miguel foreign recruit to 9-of-20 shooting from the field.

Prosper eventually finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists after slowly getting his offense going in the second half, but it hardly mattered as the outcome was already settled and Indonesia fell to 1-3 in Group A play.

Ratliffe led the now 3-1 South Korea, which joined Gilas Pilipinas as Group A's direct qualifiers to the FIBA Asia Cup to be hosted by Indonesia, with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

Lee Hyun-Jung added 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks.

Box Scores:

South Korea 104-Ratliffe 23, H. Lee 21, Kim 14, Yeo 12, S. Lee 10, Byeon 7, Jeon 6, Ha 3, Moon 3, Yang 3, D. Lee 2, Kang 0

Indonesia 81-Prosper 25, Grahita 16, Lakadu 12, Goantara 7, Wisnu 7, Kosasih 6, Saputra 3, Sitorus 2, Teja 2, Kokodiputra 1, Dhyaksa 0

Quarterscores: 27-12, 52-35, 77-58, 104-81

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