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Gilas Pilipinas celebrate victory against China 96-87, Highlights

Gilas Pilipinas celebrates triumph over China 96-87 on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Zouk Mosbeh north of Beirut, Lebanon.

It was a sweet come back in two years in the making, despite blowing a 14-point halftime lead, Terrence Romeo led all scorers with 26 points, as he hit 9-of-14 attempts from the field, including five of his seven looks from three-point range.



China would respond in the second half, hitting seven triples in the third period to close the gap, 70-76. The Chinese side seized the led with less than six minutes remaining in the game at 83-82, but the shooting went cold from there, as China scored just four points the rest of the way.

Romeo filled the gap and tied the game at 87-87 with a three-pointer at the 3:55 mark and then put the Philippines back on top for a good layup one minute later.



Gilas regain on 2:12 to go, as Jimmy Alapag to bury a deep triple to hand the Philippines a 92-87 lead. Castro added 13 points, three rebounds, and seven assists. Gilas has jumped all over China early to seize a 26-16 lead after the first quarter, and it continued advance in the second.

Now Gilas Pilipinas will take on Iraq next on Friday for 1-0 in Group B.

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