Gilas Philippines hit China right where it hurts to end the Chinese winning streak. The three times reigning champions were handed their first defeat in the history of the competition, after 31 successive wins spread over four editions, on Tuesday, as Philippines continued to cast their winning performance in the FIBA Asia under-16 championship for Men, 2015.
Thailand and Kuwait also won their respective Quarter Final line ups as Chinese Taipei remained unbeaten to set up a battle against first time quarter finalists Thailand. The winners of this game would “head into a Semi-Final clash against the winners of Japan-Philippines Last Eight encounter” as per the official FIBA reports.
Philippines’ 78-72 win against the Chinese would boost their chances against the Japanese side as they gear up for the important clash. It was refreshing to see such enthusiastic Basketball from a young Gilas side as they caught the tall Chinese men off-guard with their phenomenal speed and energy on the turf.
Chinese Taipei dashed Japan’s hope in their Group E encounter as they continued to remain unbeaten after securing a 83-75 win against the Japanese side. Taipei finished first in the Group E table.
Japan lost some confidence before they head against the confident Philippines side. Yudi Nishida top scored for Japan with 22 points as they lost their second consecutive game in the tournament. Japan did stage a fightback in the final moments against Taipei but were humbled by the Taipei defense leaving no hope for resurgence.
It will be a game of both skill and temperament as Japan will look to gain momentum in the tournament. The Gilas have created enough base for themselves to count on their victorious past as Kris Pagsanjan, Jason Credo and Samjosef Belangel combined with Jonas Tibayan, who looks to be in prime form. Gian Mamuyac was their highest scorer with 22 points.
Thursday 5 November 2015
City, Arena: Jakarta, Britama Arena, Sportmall Kelapa Gading