Gilas Pilipinas eyes win No.2 against Iraq in FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas vs Iraq FIBA Cup 2017 schedule: start time, tv channel, preview

Gilas Pilipinas vs Iraq FIBA Cup 2017 schedule: start time, tv channel, preview

The Iran men's national basketball team has started off its campaign at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) Asia Cup in Lebanon with an emphatic win over the Indian side.

The Philippine National Basketball team Gilas Pilipinas beat China, ending the game with a 96-87 score.

Leaving everything on the floor, Gilas Pilipinas made the country proud by surprisingly controlling most part of the game with an early double-digit lead and by standing its ground when it mattered the most - during winning time.

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The Chinese try to rebound from that loss when they face Qatar at 6:30 p.m.in the first Group B encounter. And while China was down names like Yi Jianlian and Zhou Qi for Wednesday's affair, Gilas Pilipinas had to go without June Mar Fajardo.

On Wednesday, the Iranian team began the first quarter of the Group A match played at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Zouk Mosbeh town, located 12 kilometers north of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut, in a strong fashion, and employed a string of attacks and blocks to outscore the Indian squad 29-8. Abueva was ejected after giving Chinese forward Li Gen a headbutt. Romeo scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter while Castro had 13 points and seven assists. Withstanding an onslaught of 23 points from Abdulrahman Saad was a feat on its own, though Qatar's depth didn't show up in a way in which the talent around Romeo might.

Gilas, ranked 27th in the world, appeared as if they were going to throw away a 16-point lead, as reigning champions China fought back from 68-52 down to lead 87-84 with 4:20 to play.

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Even so, it's hard to ignore the shooting prowess and depth of Gilas Pilipinas, which should prove more than enough to take down Iraq in a close contest until the final quarter.

Securing the top seed will be very crucial for Gilas Pilipinas given the tournament's ardous format.

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