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More than #puso, nerves of steel keyed Gilas upset of China

MANILA -- Five good-vibes takeaways from the Philippines' 96-87 win over China in the FIBA Asia Cup on Wedneday.

Quick start

Simply put, China had no answer for Terrence Romeo. Courtesy of FIBA.com
Coach Chot Reyes wants his teams to jump out of the gates and, given that his roster in Lebanon is already thin up front and his squad has little margin for error against the defending champions, that philosophy became more imperative against China.

Proper execution initiated by Jayson Castro, the willingness by Gilas' big men to go toe to toe with China's behemoths, and long-distance shooting led to a 7-0 start and a 26-16 advantage at one point in the first quarter.

The Filipinos would lose the lead, true, but by the time they did, the confidence Reyes and his crew had mustered while being up by double digits allowed them to keep their composure and execute well down the stretch.

Author: Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/10/17/fiba-asia-cup-more-than-puso-nerves-of-steel-keyed-gilas-upset-of-china

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