Kim Jong Kyu produced a superb performance in a comfortable South Korean win ©Getty Images

South Korea became the first team to reach the semi-finals at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup in Beirut after a comfortable victory over Philippines.

The South Koreans, led by star player Kyu Sun-hyung, moved 26-18 ahead after the first quarter and then never looked back.

Points were shared 31-31 in the second before the leaders outscored their opponents 29-13 in the third.

They then edged the fourth 32-24 for a 118-86 victory.

Kim managed 21 points in total as well as three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

South Korea were comfortable winners against Philippines ©Getty Images
South Korea were comfortable winners against Philippines ©Getty Images

The Philippines, led by a 22-point haul for Terrence Romeo, played well though and never looked completely out of contention.

South Korea will now face Iran in the semi-final after they beat hosts Lebanon in today's second game at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium.

Hameed Haddadi scored 23 points and collected 20 rebounds as Iran claimed a 80-70 victory.

China are facing Australia in the other half of the draw tomorrow while Jordan will be up against New Zealand.