WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs setback vs Palestine in FIBA Asia

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What do you think Gilas should do in order to bounce back from the upset opening day defeat?

FIRST LOSS. Andray Blatche led Gilas Pilipinas in a losing effort against Palestine despite being out of shape for the last couple of months. Photo from FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national men’s basketball team suffered an unexpected setback as the newbie Palestine slipped past them, 75-73, on opening day of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

Gilas Pilipinas started out strong but soon eased up and allowed the unranked Palestine a comeback from 15 points down and an upset that could fuel their first endeavor into the continental tilt.

(IN PHOTOS: Palestine rejoices in upset win over Gilas Pilipinas)

The Philippines will next lock horns with Hong Kong with the goal of venting out their frustrations from losing a game they had already won for 38 minutes of the game.

(READ: FIBA Asia 101: A guide to the Olympic qualifier in China)

Jamal Abu Shamala was on fire for the Palestinians with 26 points and 15 rebounds including 6-of-10 three-point shooting as he played the full 40-minute duration of the game.

If you missed the game, take a look at how Gilas broke down in the endgame and try to judge for yourself: what does Gilas need to do in order to bounce back from the upset opening day defeat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

(READ: Gilas Pilipinas has back against the FIBA Asia wall)

– Rappler.com