Philsports Arena, Pasig City

7:30pm–Philippines-Gilas Pilipinas vs Chinese Taipei

Live updates: Gilas vs Chinese Taipei

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Justin Brownlee Gilas Pilipinas

Gilas Pilipinas’ Justin Brownlee in the Philippines’ game against Hong Kong in the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. –FIBA

Make no mistake about it, Gilas Pilipinas will be taking the floor this Sunday night a confident bunch when it battles Chinese Taipei for its second game in the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers.

But the team’s conviction will be different, thanks to a rough first quarter in the eventual blowout of Hong Kong four nights ago that had national coach Tim Cone yearning for improvement.

“Taiwan will be stronger,” cornerstone June Mar Fajardo told the Inquirer, noting Cone’s repeated reminders throughout the team’s buildup for the continental showcase being used to prime for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Justin Brownlee Gilas

Justin Brownlee and Gilas Pilipinas members wave to the crowd after their win over home team Hong Kong in the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers. –FIBA PHOTO

Sure, Gilas Pilipinas overcame a sluggish start on Thursday night and ran away with a key win to kickstart its grand plan of returning to the Fiba World Cup in four years.

But the first half of that 94-64 rout of Hong Kong, fashioned out before a crowd made up mostly of overseas Filipino workers at Tsuen Wan Sports Centre, had national coach Tim Cone longing for more.

And rightly so.

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