Gilas Pilipinas takes on Iraq for Group B lead

Gilas Pilipinas takes on Iraq for Group B lead
The Philippines will hope to carry the momentum from its big win over China against a very dangerous Iraq squad. (AP)

Fresh from a major statement win over defending champion China ,Gilas Pilipinas will look to make it two in a row in Group B action as the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup in Lebanon continues Friday.

The Philippines will next take on Iraq, a team they faced back in the Jones Cup.

However, unlike the Jones Cup squad, this Iraq team will feature a different naturalized player in Kevin Galloway instead of DeMario Mayfield.

With Terrence Romeo leading a brave fourth-quarter stand, Gilas Pilipinas avenged its 2015 Finals loss to China to open group play last Wednesday.

And while shooting 58 percent from the field may not be sustainable in the long run, the Philippines will hope to carry the momentum against a very dangerous Iraq squad that actually won its first game in Lebanon, beating Qatar to shaare early Group B lead with Gilas.

Gilas Pilipinas will take on Iraq live from Lebanon at 9:00 p.m. Friday.

 

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