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    Gilas takes wait and see approach to planned protest on Qatar game

    Aug 7, 2013

    GILAS Pilipinas may have to wait for the result of Wednesday’s crucial tiff between Chinese Taipei and Qatar before deciding on whether to formally put its match against Qatar under protest, according to a source within the team who spoke on anonymity.

    Team officials are looking at that option, a source said, since the outcome of the 3 p.m. game between Chinese Taipei and Qatar have implications on the Philippines' chances of taking the top-seed in Group E.

    "Titignan yata muna ang result ng Qatar-Taipei game," said the source.

    The Philippines intends to file a protest after its 80-70 victory over Qatar.

    The team is putting into question a two-point basket converted by Mansour Atif Elhadary that was made after an inadvertent whistle by a referee in the 53.4 second-mark of the game.

    Their decision to wait for the result of the Chinese Taipei and Qatar is understandable since putting a game under protest means having to post a P70,500 bond to Fiba-Asia.

    The protest has implications if a possible three-way tie occurs since the winning margins of the teams will be considered to determine the seedings for the next round.

    According to officials, Qatar needs to win by at least 16 points over Chinese Taipei to capture the top spot in Group E. The Philippines, however, will take the No. 1 spot if Qatar wins by 15 points or less.

    A win, however, by Chinese Taipei will give them the top spot with the Philippines settling for second and a quarterfinal with defending champion China on Saturday.

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