FIBA Asia 2015: Gilas Pilipinas Faces Lebanon Test In Quarterfinal
Gilas Pilipinas will be facing Lebanon in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Championship on Thursday. Gilas finished at the top of group E after beating Iran and India in the second group phase of the competition.
Lebanon edged past Jordan on Tuesday to seal its berth in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Lebanon won 90-86. With players like point-guard Jay Youngblood, Canadian-Lebanese Ali Haider and Amir Saoud. There was a probability of Gilas playing Lebanon in the MVP Cup two weeks earlier, but the squad pulled out at the last minute.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt lauded the Gilas side for beating the reigning champions Iran on Monday.
Lebanon is ranked 34th in the world FIBA, only three places behind 31st-ranked Philippines. Lebanon reached the knockout phases after securing the fourth spot in group F.
Defending champions Iran will be up against bronze medalist South Korea. The Koreans cannot seal a place higher than third after conceding games against Qatar and China. Jordan bowed out of the competition after losing to Lebanon. Former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman was in charge of the Jordan side.
Gilas are eyeing a gold medal, which would automatically seal their berth in 2016 edition of Rio Olympics.