My heart was pounding when 2 days back Qatar defeated Japan in the Asian Games. That is bad new for the Philippines as it required the Smart Gilas squad to have a win against dangerous Chinese Taipei which they have share of losses in the past years.
But yes, a victory it was for the RP Team. They defeated the Taiwanese 82-73 to move into the knock out quarterfinal stages against South Korea. They finished the eliminations with a 3-2 record and avoided the dreaded Chinese team in the quarters. Their 3 wins were against India, Qatar and Chinese-Taipei. They lost against Iran and narrowly defeated by Japan. Hope they can squeak a victory against South Korea although I know it would be a daunting task. Go Smart Gilas!
Photo Credits: Will Arlas