INCHEON, Korea – Gilas Pilipinas has been relegated to the classification phase of the Asian Games basketball competitions. And not even at this level will life be easy for the embattled nationals.
No less than deposed champion China is waiting for the Filipinos on Monday when the battle for 5th to 8th places takes place at the Hwaseong Sports Complex here.
The Filipinos and Chinese tangle at 4:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. Manila time), marking the first time the two teams will meet since Gilas beat China in the battle for the bronze during the Fiba Asia Cup last July.
Qatar takes on Mongolia in the other bracket at 4:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. Manila time) at the Samsan World Gymnasium.
The Qataris bombed out of the medal race after absorbing a 65-59 loss to Korea on Sunday night, two days after stunning Gilas Pilipinas in the quarterfinals.