It’s down to the final game in the group phase for Gilas Pilipinas. 70th ranked Kuwait is now up against Gilas on Friday in the final group league encounter of the FIBA Asia Championship.
The fact that first-timer Palestine continued their dream run in the tournament by beating Kuwait in their second game also increased pressure on Gilas. A defeat in the Kuwait game could have thrown them in the jaws of elimination.
Gilas last appeared in the Olympics way back in 1972 at Munich. The Philippines, though, bounced back strongly in their last outing against Hong Kong after conceding their opener against Palestine.
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1st Live Update: Gilas took charge from the beginning of the game to take a convincing 34-11 lead in the first half.
2nd Live Update: Gilas has extended their lead to 55-27 at half-time. A win looks quite achievable from this point, which will take Philippines to the next phase of the competition.
Once advancing to the second group phase, Gilas will play three new opponents emerging from other groups.