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Zhigulin's monster game sinks Philippines
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Zhigulin's monster game sinks Philippines

MANILA (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers) - Alex Zhigulin put up a performance to remember as Kazakhstan sprung the upset of the Asian Qualifiers' second round.

Zhigulin had easily his best game in a Kazakhstan kit, scoring an eye-popping 30 points on the strength of 6 three-pointers to lead the visiting Kazakhs in beating the Philippines, 92-88, in front of a stunned crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.


Zhigulin also added 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in a memorable showing that will be celebrated by Kazakh fans back home, but he wasn't the only one who did the heavy lifting for the Steppe Wolves.

Anton Bykov also impressed with a near-double-double line of 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals, while floor general Rustam Murzagaliev was solid with 11 points, 6 assists and 3 triples.


Coach Renatas Kurilionokas's wards shot the lights out of the Mall of Asia Arena as they hit a total of 12 threes in the game. They also outrebounded the taller Filipinos, 37-35, and got to the line more frequently, hitting 24-of-34 free throws.

It was an unexpected result for the Philippines, who were hoping to move a step closer to FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification. This loss, instead, sends them into a tie with Japan for third place in Group F even as Kazakhstan are just a game behind them.


Stanley Pringle shone brightly for the hosts with 29 points, though he missed a couple of crucial shots in the final minute. June Mar Fajardo added 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter tossed in 13 points thanks to 3 triples.

The Philippines will next face Iran on 3 December also at the Mall of Asia Arena, while the Kazakhs will play Japan in Toyama City on the same day.