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Gilas vents ire on Japan to earn spot in playoff for 5th

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Gilas Pilipinas expressed all its frustrations of losing the Asian Games quarterfinals to South Korea on Japan as the squad posted a 113-80 rout in their consolation match at the GBK Basketball Hall on Tuesday night.

Gilas broke out of a 27-all deadlock after the first quarter and pulled away from Japan in the final 30 minutes to secure a spot in the playoff for fifth place.

Chris Standhardinger made 27 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals for Gilas, which is now assured of finishing no worse than sixth place, meaning the team will have a better finish than its dismal 2014 campaign, where it finished seventh.

Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and one block.

Taichi Nakamura made 16 markers, 11 dimes, and three boards for Japan, which fell to the battle for seventh place.

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