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Gilas eyes revenge vs Qatar

MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas, which has got back at tormentors South Korea, Iran and China in a good run from the 2013 Manila Asian joust, also seeks revenge versus Qatar as they slug it out at the close of group plays in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup at the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut today.

With their rousing wins over China (96-87) and Iraq (84-68), the Nationals (2-0) are assured of a quarterfinals spot whatever happens in their 9 p.m. tussle with the Qataris (0-2).

Jayson Castro, Christian Standhardinger, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo gather for a huddle in their game against Iraq Friday night. Gilas won, 84-68. FIBA.COM
Gabe Norwood and his teammates, however, are still expected to come out and play with their hearts out to complete a sweep in Group B and keep their momentum going to the quarterfinals set Wednesday.

What could well be another motivation for Gilas is payback for the Philippines’ shattering loss to Qatar in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

It could be remembered that the Nationals’ bubble from their resounding showing in the 2014 World Cup in Spain was pricked by the Incheon debacle that started with their upset by the Qataris in the second round of the elims.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes stepped down from his post after that Asiad but has since returned, himself having a shot at redemption versus the Qataris.

Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/13/1728419/gilas-eyes-revenge-vs-qatar

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