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    Gilas hopes to end Fiba Asia Cup campaign on winning note in battle for seventh vs Jordan

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    Aug 20, 2017
    Calvin Abueva and the Philippine squad tries to avoid slipping to eighth spot after earlier being billed as a title contender. Photo from fiba.com

    GILAS Pilipinas hopes to stop the bleeding and salvage seventh place as it battles Jordan on Sunday in the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut.

    The Philippines has suffered two consecutive huge losses, getting ripped in the quarterfinals by South Korea then getting relegated to the seventh-place match after a loss to host Lebanon.

    For the second straight game, the Filipinos will be playing without main big man Christian Standhardinger, who has left Beirut to join Gilas’ other squad in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.

    [See Fatigued Standhardinger vows he'll be ready to go for Gilas in match vs Thailand]

    The Philippines and Jordan face off at 6:30 p.m. at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex.

    Against Korea, the Philippines shot 45.3 percent, going 11 for 25 for 44 percent from beyond the arc, while their rivals shot 66.47 overall, an impressive 76.2 from downtown.

    Opposite the Lebanese, the Filipinos went a dismal 26 of 69  for 37.7 percent, 9 of 24 for 37.5 percent from the three-point line, while the hosts shot 50 percent overall, 42.1 from beyond the arc.

    [See Dispirited Gilas pays for flat start against Lebanon, slips to battle for seventh place]

    Now the Philippines tries to arrest the skid as they battle a Jordan side averaging 41 percent from two-point territory and 32 percent from beyond the arc.

    Mahd Abdeen leads the Jordan side in scoring and assists with an average of 15 points and 6.2 dimes.

    Jordan is also on a slide, losing three straight after starting the tournament with two wins.

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    Calvin Abueva and the Philippine squad tries to avoid slipping to eighth spot after earlier being billed as a title contender. Photo from fiba.com
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