China continues to just make things miserable for the Philippines. In August they bested the country for the honor of hosting the 2019 FIBA World Cup and then over the weekend they beat them on the court to win the 2015 FIBA Asian Championship.
In front of a 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in the basketball hotbed of Changsha, China handled the Philippines 78-67 in the final game of the tournament. The victory means that China will have a place at the 2016 Olympics, while the Philippines has to try to make it there through difficult qualifying tournaments.
Point guard Guo Ailun led China with 19 points while 19-year-old, 7-foot phenom Zhou Qi controlled the paint in the national team’s 11th straight win, finishing the tournament unbeaten. Chinese superstar Yi Jianlin won tournament MVP honors.
Its an enormous win for a Chinese team that has struggled since the retirement of Yao Ming. The team didn’t even qualify to make it to the final group of 24 teams for the 2014 FIBA World Championships, but the Philippines did. Revenge. Sweet revenge. Again.
As for their last Olympics appearance in London, they finished in 12th place (out of 12 teams) with 0 wins and 5 losses, managing to finish behind Nigeria and Tunisia. They’ll try to improve on that in Rio.
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