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HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – 19th Asian Games basketball semifinal

Delfin Dioquino

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HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – 19th Asian Games basketball semifinal

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Gilas Pilipinas reaches the Asian Games final for the first time in over three decades after stunning host China in the semifinal – a rematch of their FIBA World Cup clash last month

Gilas Pilipinas completed a huge comeback from 20 points down as Justin Brownlee knocked in the game-winning triple with 24 seconds left to steal the game from China, 77-76, and tow the Philippines to the gold-medal match in the Asian Games.

Brownlee erupted for 33 points, including Gilas’ last 8 points, as the Filipinos stunned the Chinese in their homecourt.

The Philippines will fight for the men’s basketball gold against Jordan on Friday, October 6.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: Gilas Pilipinas steals the game from China, 77-76, to advance to the gold-medal match!
  • GILAS PILIPINAS 77-76: Another clutch Justin Brownlee triple! The Philippines takes the lead!
  • CHINA 76-74: Clutch Justin Brownlee triple, China lead down to 2 points
  • CHINA 76-71: Justin Brownlee with a hook shot, 1:31 minutes left
  • CHINA 76-69: CJ Perez lays it in
  • CHINA 76-67: Hu Jinqiu scores underneath
  • CHINA 74-67: Du Runwang connects from beyond the arc after Scottie Thompson misses both free throws
  • CHINA 71-67: Zhao Jiwei scores but Kevin Alas answers
  • CHINA 69-65: Kevin Alas buries a three to cut China’s lead to 4 points
  • CHINA 69-62: Chris Newsome free throw
  • CHINA 69-61: Zhao Rui trey
  • CHINA 66-61: Justin Brownlee knocks in his third straight triple
  • CHINA 66-58: Zhu Junlong free throws
  • CHINA 64-58: Gilas strings up 8 straights points off an Ange Kouame bucket and back-to-back Justin Brownlee triples
  • CHINA 64-50: Wang Zhelin opens the quarter for China
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: China lead down to 62-50 as Justin Brownlee takes over in the quarter
  • CHINA 62-50: Wang Zhelin putback 
  • CHINA 60-50: Justin Brownlee left open for the triple
  • CHINA 60-47: CJ Perez gets the jumper to go 
  • CHINA 60-45: Zhao Rui corner triple
  • CHINA 57-45: Scottie Thompson scores
  • CHINA 57-43: Wang Zhelin dunks it past Ange Kouame
  • CHINA 55-43: CJ Perez scores off a fastbreak
  • CHINA 55-41: Justin Brownlee layup is good
  • CHINA 55-39: Justin Brownlee leans in for the midrange jumper
  • CHINA 55-37: Zhu Junlong for three
  • CHINA 52-37: June Mar Fajardo cleans it up
  • CHINA 52-35: Justin Brownlee finally hits a trey
  • CHINA 52-32: Hu Jinqiu slams it home
  • CHINA 50-32: Zhao Rui attacks the basket
  • CHINA 48-32: CJ Perez opens the third-quarter hostilities
Second quarter
  • END OF 2Q: Calvin Oftana ends the first half with a layup, but China leads 48-30
  • CHINA 48-28: Hu Mingxuan again
  • CHINA 46-28: Scottie Thompson off a Justin Brownlee feed
  • CHINA 46-26: Hu Jinqiu with the split
  • CHINA 45-26: Cui Yongxi makes the second after missing his first free throw
  • CHINA 44-26: Hu Mingxuan 2/2 at the line
  • CHINA 42-26: Zhao Rui with another layup
  • CHINA 40-26: Hu Mingxuan back-to-back
  • CHINA 38-26: Hu Mingxuan fastbreak layup
  • CHINA 36-26: Scottie Thompson cuts the Philippines’ deficit to 10 points
  • CHINA 36-24: Chris Newsome ends the scoring drought for the Philippines with an and-one
  • CHINA 36-21: Zhang Zenlin layup makes it a 15-point lead
  • CHINA 34-21: Zhu Junlong splits his foul shots
  • CHINA 33-21: Zhao Jiwei banks in the triple
  • CHINA 30-21: Scottie Thompson with the putback
  • CHINA 30-19: Zhao Rui dials up from deep
  • CHINA 27-19: Wang Zhelin scores underneath
  • CHINA 25-19: Zhu Junlong sinks his charity shots
  • CHINA 23-19: Justin Brownlee attacks and scores
  • CHINA 23-17: Wang Zhelin inside
  • CHINA 21-17: Zhang Zenlin opens the second quarter with a jumper
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: China stays ahead 19-17 after blowing a double-digit lead
  • CHINA 19-17: Zhao Jiwei 2/2 at the stripe
  • 17-17: June Mar Fajardo hits the jumper
  • CHINA 17-15: Zhao Jiwei regains the lead for the hosts
  • 15-15: Scottie Thompson beats the double team to tie the game
  • CHINA 15-13: June Mar Fajardo ices his freebies
  • CHINA 15-11: June Mar Fajardo passes it to Scottie Thompson, who converts a three-point play
  • CHINA 15-8: Justin Brownlee 2/2 at the line
  • CHINA 15-6: CJ Perez finds June Mar Fajardo for the hook shot
  • CHINA 15-4: Hu Mingxuan cans his free throws
  • CHINA 13-4: Zhu Junlong powers his way inside
  • CHINA 11-4: Calvin Oftana cuts the deficit
  • CHINA 11-2: Du Runwang cans the three-pointer
  • CHINA 8-2 Hu Jinqiu completes the and-one
  • CHINA 5-2: Zhao Rui again, this time with the short stab
  • CHINA 3-2: Justin Brownlee with the first bucket for the Philippines
  • CHINA 3-2: Zhao Rui for three
  • GILAS PILIPINAS: Justin Brownlee, June Mar Fajardo, Scottie Thompson, Calvin Oftana, Chris Newsome
  • CHINA: Hu Mingxuan, Zhao Rui, Du Runwang, Hu Jinqiu, Zhu Junlong

Can Gilas Pilipinas go any further?

The Nationals aim to reach the Asian Games men’s basketball final for the first time in over three decades as they battle host China in the semifinals at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium on Wednesday, October 4.

Facing each other for the second time in a month, the Philippines looks to reassert its mastery after giving Team Dragon a 96-75 beating for its lone win in its co-hosting of the FIBA World Cup in September.

This time, though, the Filipinos are without NBA veteran Jordan Clarkson, the hero of that breakthrough win as he torched the Chinese to the tune of 34 points.

And while China is also missing NBA forward Kyle Anderson and star big man Zhou Qi, it now enjoys homecourt advantage.

Team Dragon have won all of their four games as they swept the group stage with dominant victories over Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and Mongolia then claimed an 84-70 win over South Korea to advance to the final four.

Gilas Pilipinas, meanwhile, needed to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Iran before it hacked out a nail-biting 84-83 win to make the semifinals for the first time since 2002.

Justin Brownlee did most of the heavy lifting for the Filipinos, putting up 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists against the Iranians, including the go-ahead bucket inside the final 45 seconds.

Brownlee hopes to tow the Filipinos further even as he huffs and puffs as they play their third straight game in as many days.

The Philippines last reached the final in the 1990 edition, where a star-studded cast that featured PBA legends Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Allan Caidic, Benjie Paras, Samboy Lim, and Ronnie Magsanoc captured silver.

A win over China will guarantee the Nationals their first Asian Games medal since they bagged bronze in 1998, also won under the guidance of current head coach Tim Cone.

Game time is 8 pm. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.