FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 | Palestine upsets Gilas Pilipinas, 73-75

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Gilas Pilipinas lost to Palestine, 73-75

Palestine stunned Gilas Pilipinas with a come-from-behind win in the opening game of the 2015 FIBA-Asia Championships in Changsha, China, 75-73. The Nationals squandered a seven-point lead in the last two minutes en route to the heartbreaking loss.

Gilas Pilipinas were ahead for much of the game, leading by as high as 15 during the first half and by 12 in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Nevertheless, the Palestinians were able to claw their way back into the game each time the Nationals tried to pull away.

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Gilas Pilipinas lost to Palestine, 73-75

The Philippine team still had a chance to force overtime with 15.8 seconds left in the game but no one from their side was able to connect. Interestingly, it is the first time for Palestine to compete in the FIBA-Asia championships while the Philippines made it to the finals in 2013 before losing to Iran.

Although it is an embarrassing start in their quest for a slot in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gilas Pilipinas can still advance to the next round if they defeat Hong Kong tomorrow morning and Kuwait on Friday afternoon. Once more, the Philippines is heavily favored to win against both teams.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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