MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Philippines’ national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, failed again in its bid to win the FIBA Asia Championship when it lost to China, 78-67 on October 3rd. It had to settle for silver, just like it did in the last championship when it lost to Iran.
The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship game was held in Changsha, Huna, China.
Filipinos were quick to cry ‘foul’ and maintained that China’s win was a “hometown decision.”
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, himself a basketball playing coach, called for a rematch, this time to be held in Manila.
It’s been one frustration after another for the Filipinos — from the Philippines failing to win the last Miss Universe Pageant to Pacquiao losing to Floyd Mayweather last May.
President NoyNoy Aquino ordered that the Philippine flag be hoisted at half mast in all government offices for the entire week starting Monday, in solemn observance of Gilas’ loss to China.
Aquino said that the Philippines’ loss could only strenghten his resolve to fight China in its territorial claim over the disputed islands in the South China Sea.