MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas got a measure of payback on rival China when they defeated their 2015 tormentors, 96-87, in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, August 9.
Terrence Romeo was the late-game hero with clutch baskets that fended China off after they erased a 17-point deficit to take the lead midway in the fourth. He finished with a game-high 26 points on 5-of-7 3-pointers.
. @tbvromeo & @officialSBPinc on in #Lebanon #FIBAAsiaCup2017 https://t.co/ooYdyyrTlo pic.twitter.com/j9GDy9Hfgi — FIBA (@FIBA) August 9, 2017
Lights OUT @tbvromeo #FIBAAsiaCup2017 https://t.co/ooYdyyrTlo pic.twitter.com/umCf1i48rF — FIBA (@FIBA) August 9, 2017
Jayson Castro once again provided stability to allow Romeo to operate, while the rest of the team stepped up, especially after losing Calvin Abueva to an early ejection due to a headbutt on China's Li Gen.
The team, like the rest of the country, was on a high post-game, as seen in the video below.
Raymond Almazan showcased his wares with a couple of vicious dunks and a lot of energy.
Check out the game highlights below.
Gilas next faces Iraq on Friday, August 11 at 9 pm. – Rappler.com