Gilas Pilipinas to face Japan or Syria in FIBA ​​Asia Cup qualifiers

The fate of Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup playoffs will be known after his clash with New Zealand in the last game of the group stage

MANILA, Philippines — Either Japan or Syria await Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup playoffs.

Which team the Philippines will face in qualifying for the quarter-finals will be determined by the outcome of their final group stage game against New Zealand on Sunday, July 17.

The Filipinos will come up against the Akatsuki Five if they lose to the Tall Blacks and finish third in Group D with a 1-2 record.

Starting the Asian Cup with a pair of blowout wins, Japan settled for second place in Group C with a 2-1 record after a stunning 88-76 loss to Iran.

NBA player Yuta Watanabe notched 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Japanese, who found no answers for the big three of Hamed Haddadi, Behnam Yakhchali and Mohammad Jamshidi.

Haddadi scored 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, Yakhchali had 21 points and 5 rebounds, while Jamshidi scored 20 points as Iran clinched a quarterfinal berth with a 3-0 slate.

Meanwhile, a win over the Kiwis will pave the way for the Filipinos to clinch second place in Group D with a 2-1 record and set up a knockout tie against the Syrians.

Syria secured third place in Group C with a 1-2 record after a 77-67 win over Kazakhstan, which went winless in three games.

Omar Cheikh Ali led the Syrians into the next round with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while 7-foot-3 big man Abdulwahab Alhamwi led the inside with 15 points and 16 rebounds. –

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