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Gilas Pilipinas falls to China in Fiba Asia final, settles for silver anew

10:31 PM October 03, 2015
Photo from Fiba.com

Photo from Fiba.com

China reclaimed its place at the top of Asian basketball, outmuscling a hard-fighting Gilas Pilipinas, 78-67, to claim the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship Saturday night in Changsa, China.

The Chinese, buoyed by a loud hometown crowd, recovered quick from a sluggish start which saw the Filipinos lead 5-0 and never relinquished the lead again.

China, which ousted 2013 champion Iran in the semifinals, grabbed the lone berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics at stake in the Asian Qualifiers.

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It was the second straight silver finish for the Filipinos, who bowed to the Iranians in the 2013 final.

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