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Oct 5, 2015
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With a highly coveted spot in the Rio 2016 Olympics at stake, Gilas Pilipinas couldn't afford even the slightest of distractions during its finals match-up against China in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship last Saturday.

In a weird twist of fate, though, the Philippine basketball contingent was met with a spate of inauspicious circumstances even before the actual game started. Behind Gilas 3.0's silver-medal finish in the Olympic qualifier are ramblings of underhanded moves and cheap tricks supposedly done by the opposing club—which, interestingly, is also the host country.

It started off with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan, via Twitter, venting about the team's pre-game woes.

It seems that national team head coach Tab Baldwin was aware of the impending mischief.

One could dismiss that as simply fortuitous, no matter how blatantly unfavorable to our side. The problem was, delays peculiarly carried on even when the team finally reached the stadium.

Of course, we all know what happened during the actual game itself. One netizen took the liberty of compiling all the moments of head-scratching officiating:

I made this video for the bad calls by the FIBA ASIA referees.. Kayo na po ang humusga..

Posted by Michael Abarra on Sunday, October 4, 2015

While its true our boys clearly had a rough night on both ends of the floor, blowing free throws and wide open shots, the unnecessary bothersome conditions made the country's all-important bid even more arduous. And while we're not discrediting China's skill level, Gilas 3.0 might've put up a better fight if not for those pre- and in-game extracurriculars.

Still, national team officers were grateful (and amusing at the same time).

Sapul!

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In other news, local Chinese food-oriented fast food chain Chowking has already reacted to the call for its boycott, following the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship's outcome.

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