Gilas Pilipinas nips Japan, faces China in Fiba Asia 2015 final | Inquirer Sports

Gilas Pilipinas nips Japan, faces China in Fiba Asia 2015 final

By: - Reporter / @MusongINQ
/ 11:31 PM October 02, 2015
Gilas Pilpinas. Photo from

Gilas Pilpinas. Photo from

CHANGSHA CITY, China – That one final step Gilas Pilipinas needs to take to reach Rio de Janeiro would, in a manner of speaking, have to be over China’s Great Wall.

The Filipinos struggled more than 90 percent of the way on Friday night before showing Japan the door, 81-70, in their Fiba Asia Championship Final Four duel and sealing a gold-medal match with the rock-solid Chinese at Changsha Social Work College gym here.


READ: China topples Iran, returns to Fiba Asia final

Gilas broke away only in the final two minutes, surviving a tough challenge from the Japanese this time, to win a seventh straight game and barge into the title match for the second straight edition, after finishing second to Iran in 2013.


“We didn’t come here to play in the Finals; we’re here to win the gold (medal),” Gilas coach Tab Baldwin told reporters after the victory.

“We know there’s never a level playing field in China, I’ve experienced that before. But we willl come out and play our hardest to win that game.”

Dondon Hontiveros waxed hot from three-point range – easily his best game of the tournament – and helped Gilas immensely since Andray Blatche wasn’t at his sharpest and Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva seemed a bit jittery.

Ranidel de Ocampo also had some critical baskets in the fourth period, including a three-pointer with 7:29 left that kept the Japanese within arm’s length.

The championship match will be at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and the Filipinos will be up against a Chinese team bannered by four 7-footers.

China demolished Iran in their half of the Final Four, scoring a 70-57 victory earlier with a performance that has made the Chinese the overwhelming favorites to regain the crown they last won in 2011 and punch the lone continental berth to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Basketball, changsa, China, Fiba Asia 2015, Gilas Pilipinas, gilas vs china, gilas vs japan, Japan, Sports
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.