‘Ompong’ delays Team Pilipinas’ Manila flight ahead of Qatar game
After its disappointing 81-73 loss to Iran, Gilas Pilipinas will still have to endure nearly half a day wait in Dubai International Airport after the team’s flight home got delayed for 12 hours due to typhoon Ompong
Taking a connecting flight from Tehran to Manila, the team’s original arrival time in the Philippines was at 8:30 pm on Friday.
With the delay, they are now expected to return to the country Saturday morning, leaving them with barely two days to prepare for their game against Qatar Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The loss to Iran puts the Filipinos in a must-win situation against the Qataris if they want to keep their advantage in the top half of Group F standings.
Currently, Gilas Pilipinas is at no. 3 with a 4-3 record with Japan and Kazakhstan trailing by a game.
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.