IN PHOTOS: Gilas stumbles vs China in FIBA Asia final
MANILA, Philippines – After a good run in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Gilas Pilipinas stumbled versus Asian powerhouse China in the finals, 78-67, on Saturday, October 3 in Changsha, Hunan, China.
The Philippines missed the outright berth to the 2016 Summer Olympics and will instead be relegated to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament happening in 2016 from July 5 to 16. That qualifying tournament will have 18 national teams from FIBA’s primary events divided into 3 competitions of 6. The winner from each tilt will qualify for Rio 2016.
Hosts China will return to the Olympics, where they have been a fixture since 1976. It is the second straight silver medal finish for the Filipinos after losing to another big team in Iran back in 2013.
Jayson Castro had his worst game of the tournament with just 8 points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field but he was still named to the Mythical Team.
See photos from the 2015 FIBA Asia finals below.