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Sports | Gilas Upsets Chinese Taipei Anew 93-71

Amidst the strong start by Taipei, the Gilas Pilipinas team weathered the onslaught of 3 point shooting by the Chinese.  It has been an uphill climb by the Philippines as Taipei lead by 8 points in the first minutes of the game.  Come second quarter, they went to work and smothered the Chinese 28-18 to end the half with a 7 points lead.

Gilas team could not break the game wide open with the Chinese continually knocking at the door in the third.  It was the heroics of June Mar Fajardo in the fourth quarter that broke the game open.  He finished as top scorer with 22 points with Andre Blatche second with 13 points.

The 93-71 win over the Chinese Taipei afforded us to meet up with Australia (who was defeated recently by Japan) on July 2, 2018 at the Philippine Arena.  The Gilas team now sports a 4 Win 1 Loss record and can top Group B if we win over the Australians.

The losing Chinese Taipei goes to a must win game against Japan on July 2 as well.  The winner herein will join the Philippines and Australia going into the second round of the Asian Qualifiers.

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