Gilas Pilipinas defeated China for first FIBA World Cup win

On Saturday, September 2nd, the Philippines faced the China team that was led by Kyle Anderson and Zhou Qi.

Both of the team got off to a heated start.  To the Philippines, if they didn’t win the game, Basically, there was no chance of obtaining the Olympic wild card qualification.  As for China, even though they won a game, the points were too low.  They need to win this game to have the opportunity to get the wild card.

This was the last game of the group match.  There were fifty thousand seats packed.

During the first half, the score was 40-39, the Philippines was 1 point behind China. 

“We must win this game, the Philippines cannot lose this game, ” said Clarkson after the game. 

The Philippines started to fight back in the third quarter.  They scored 34-11, which led the game. 

China got back the feeling in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. 

The Philippines defeated China 96-75, which qualified for the Olympic Wild Card.

Clarkson scored the highest 34 points.  Dwight Ramons, Rhenz Abando and Kai Sotto also scored double digit points.  Leading the Philippines to victory.

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