The Philippines beat India and are through to the 2015 FIBA Asia Basketball Championship quarterfinal, for the first time in 12 years. The Filipinos finished Group E on top. They take on Lebanon after they beat Jordan to finish Group F in fourth. Lebanon won their last meeting 60-50, back in 1999. According to the Lebanon vs Philippines 2015 FIBA Asia Basketball Quarterfinal Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Philippines are favored by -9 points over Lebanon with the total listed at 152.5 points. Here is our Lebanon vs Philippines 2015 FIBA Asia Basketball Quarterfinal prediction.
Terrence Romeo was the golden boy for the Philippines leading six Filipino players in double-digit scoring. Andray Blatche also did well, putting up 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 steals, while Ranidel De Ocampo tallied 13 points of his own on 6-of-7 field goal shooting.
Fluid offense and tenacious defense were the Filipinos’ calling cards in this encounter. Gilas Pilipinas assisted on 21 of their 41 field goals and forced 22 Indian turnovers, which were converted into 26 points-off-turnovers.
The Lebanese side went into the contest on the back of defeats to Korea and China but it found its shooting groove and appeared to take a firm grip on proceedings winning 80-76.
Lebanon were far more impressive at 3-pointers making 10 of 25 (40 percent). Saoud gave Lebanon the perimeter weapon they so desperately needed, hitting four of six from three-point range. He has now hit 13 of 27 (48.1 percent) from the arc in the tournament.
The Bottom Line: Lebanese team that showed great mental fortitude after suffering heavy defeats to Korea and China. They will be extremely dangerous opponents for the Philippines on Thursday.