Host China is the remaining hurdle to the Philippine men’s basketball team’s mission of qualifying to next year’s Summer Olympics as they battle it out in the final match of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship today.
China dethroned reigning champion Iran, 70-57, behind Yi Jianlian 18-point, eight-rebound production. Meanwhile, the Gilas Pilipinas bucked foul trouble to hold off Japan, 81-70. Andray Blatche finished with a double-double of 22 markers and 13 boards, but it was the crucial cold-as-ice outside buckets of Dondon Hontiveros, as well as the collective defensive stops, that sealed the outcome in favor of the three stars and a sun.
Catch the final of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship live on TV5 at 8:30pm.
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