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Philippines hold on over Jordan claim seventh

BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Philippines clinched a 75-70 victory over Jordan to claim seventh place at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 on Sunday.

It means the passionate Gilas fans can leave Beirut on a high, after their team had to dig deep to come back from five down with 1:47 to play.

Terrence Romeo. FIBA photo
Terrence Romeo hit a huge three in the final minute, before Aguilar benefited from a fumbled pass to hit the go-ahead basket with 21 seconds remaining.

Jordan will be frustrated with multiple missed opportunities, including a backcourt violation called on Abdeen with 14 seconds left, and a turnover on the final possession leading to a wide open lay up on the fast break for Roger Pogoy.

Terrence Romeo and Matthew Wright led the scoring for the Philippines, with 13 points-a-piece, whilst Mousa Alawadi had a game-high 21 to lead Jordan.

It was initially Jordan who fought back; Philippines used a 5-0 run to take control at the halftime break and lead the majority of the second half, until an 11-0 fourth quarter run from Jordan.

Mousa Al Awadi tied it up at 65 with 2:50 remaining, before a big three from Ahmad Alhamarsheh saw Jordan take the lead 68-65 and then an Alawadi runner gave them a five point cushion to set up the dramatic finish.

Source: http://www.fiba.basketball/asiacup/2017/news/philippines-hold-on-over-jordan-claim-seventh

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