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Gilas faces Lebanon in FIBA Asia quarterfinals

Gilas Pilipinas arranges a quarterfinals date against an unpredictable Lebanese squad from the other group after sweeping their last three assignments in Group E. FIBA
By Dennis Jerome Acosta

CHANGSA--After sweeping Group E in the second round, Gilas Pilipinas now has the luxury of facing fourth-seeded Lebanon as they continue their basketball conquest going into the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

The Lebanese, who defeated Jordan 80-76 in Group F, clinched the fourth spot by virtue of a win over the other as both teams concluded with an identical 2-3 win-loss record.

Lebanon bowed down to South Korea (71-85) and China (62-75) in their first two assignments.

Meanwhile, Gilas came up with a demoralizing 99-65 victory against India Tuesday to top their group with a 4-1 win-loss record.

Philippines earlier escaped a fiery Japanese squad with a 73-66 win on Sunday. The next day, Gilas pulled off an emotional upset against Asian basketball giant Iran to end a four-year losing skid, 87-73.

Lebanon was supposed to host the 2013 edition of the FIBA Asia Championship until certain issues within their country pushed FIBA to award the hosting rights to Manila.

Furthermore, FIBA levied a suspension to Lebanon in 2013 as well, making it the first in history of the league.

The much awaited knockout quarterfinals will happen on Thursday, Oct. 1.

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