Gilas Pilipinas snapped its eight-year skid against South Korea with a heart-stopping 81-78 upset win in the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.
The question now is, can the national team do it twice in a row?
Still unbeaten, the Philippines guns for a sweep of the Asia Cup Qualifiers when it meets Korea again in its final game on Sunday, June 20 in Clark, Pampanga.
Gilas Pilipinas is coming off a dominant 25-point win over Indonesia on Friday, as it hiked its record in Group A to 5-0.
In that same Indonesia blowout, though, the young Filipino crew struggled in the first half as they failed to get their offense going before they finally regained their bearings in the last two quarters.
A lethargic start is something the Philippines has to avoid against Korea.
While the Filipinos came back from a 17-point deficit en route to stunning the Koreans last Wednesday, the visitors are more motivated this time around as they seek to return home on a winning note.
But Gilas Pilipinas is just as driven to win the rematch, with head coach Tab Baldwin saying he doesn't expect both teams to go out there "making friends." (READ: Baldwin fires back at Korean coach who made 'lucky shot' remark)
Game time is at 3 pm.
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.