For Philippines, vengeance is sweet against China – FIBA Asia Cup 2017

09/08/2017

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For Philippines, vengeance is sweet against China

7 Jayson Castro William (PHI) – People’s Republic of China v Philippines, 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (LBN), Beirut(LBN), Group Phase, 9 August 2017

BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) – Two years after their infamous Final loss in Changsha-Hunan, the Philippines dealt sweet vengeance against perennial tormentors China.

The Philippines have had a painful history facing China at the continental level, and by all indications, today’s game was supposed to be another notch in China’s favor. Entering this matchup, China had won 6 of their last 9 meetings with the Philippines at the senior men’s level.

Asian Games 2002:
China beat Philippines, 92-51

FIBA Asia Championship 2007:
Philippines beat China, 79-74 (group phase)
Philippines beat China, 78-76 (classification)

FIBA Asia Championship 2011:
China beat Philippines, 75-60

FIBA Asia Challenge 2012:
China beat Philippines, 71-68

FIBA Asia Challenge 2014:
Philippines beat China, 80-79

Asian Games 2014:
China beat Philippines, 78-71

FIBA Asia Championship 2015:
China beat Philippines. 78-67

FIBA Asia Challenge 2016:
China beat Philippines, 75-65

The Chinese were bigger, deeper and had significantly longer preparation as they entered the Asia Cup 2017 in Beirut. With 2015 All-Star Five member Guo Ailun leading the way, China were heavily favored against Gilas Pilipinas, who were without prized naturalized player Andray Blatche and who recently lost key center June Mar Fajardo to injury.

As soon as the opening tip of today’s pivotal encounter, though, the Philippines were in overdrive. Coach Chot Reyes’s wards looked every bit like the favorites. They were throwing…

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