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    'Unpatriotic' bets against Gilas in point-spread game surprisingly pay off

    Aug 14, 2017

    IT may not be patriotic to bet against the Philippines, but it turned out to be a smart move on Sunday night for some local bettors.

    Gilas Pilipinas’ 80-74 win over Qatar in their last game of preliminary round of the Fiba Asia Cup failed to cover the spread tagged for the Filipino dribblers, who oddsmakers installed a -20 favorite in the point-spread game.

    So those who bet on the Philippines lost their stakes that probably dampened their joy of seeing Gilas sweep its Group B assignments.

    But one bookie revealed there were only a few people who bet on the Philippines considering Gilas was already seeded in the quarterfinals regardless of the result owing to its first two wins of the preliminaries.

    “Wala masyado (tumaya sa Philippines),” the bookie, who requested not to be named, said the morning after the game. “Alam ata no-bearing (game) eh.”

    So one bettor took advantage, admitting he bet on Qatar as he though Gilas would somehow pull its punches to just warm up for the bigger battles ahead.

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    “Oo (tumaya ako sa Qatar). Hehe,” the bettor said in a text message. “Baka mag-experiment si Chot ng lineups eh.”

    True enough, fancied Gilas, despite still managing to erect a lead as many as 20 points, saw Qatar come to within five points, 75-70, with a little over two minutes left, before holding on.

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