Watch Philippines Vs. Chinese Taipei Basketball Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For Gilas Pilipinas In 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge

Fans can watch the Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei basketball game live online and see if Gilas Pilipinas can recover from a narrow loss to India in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge.

The Filipino team opened up the tournament with a 91-83 loss against India in a match in Tehran, Iran. The Philippines put together a late rally, but India was able to withstand the pressure to pull out the victory and take an early lead in Group B.

The Philippines will now have a chance to recover, with a matchup Sunday against Chinese Taipei. Start time is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. local time (11:45 a.m. GMT/7:30 p.m. Philippines time) from Tehran.

Fans who watch the Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei basketball game live online may see a more consistent performance from Gilas Pilipinas. Against India, the Philippines team came out strong in the first quarter, running out to a 25-16 lead. But India asserted control again in the second quarter, outscoring the Philippines 31-21 to take a halftime lead.

India would have control of the rest of the game, keeping the lead and holding off the final charge by Gilas Pilipinas.

As FIBA noted, shooting problems were at the heart of the woes for the Philippines.

“The disparity in field goal shooting was just too much in this contest. India shot a respectable 46.3% from the field, while the Philippines were quite inefficient. The Filipinos had an inferior 33.7% field shooting rate as a team, with guys like Mike Tolomia and Kevin Ferrer standing out because of their combined 23 misses.”

Fans who watch the Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei basketball game live online will see something of a must-win for Gilas Pilipinas. After the loss in the opening match, the Philippines will need a win on Day 3 and also against some of the teams from Group to have a chance at advancing to the quarterfinals, FIBA noted.

That itself could be a tall task. While India and other teams are scattered with professional players, Gilas Pilipinas has gone back to a squad filled with college players. The team that came closer to an Olympic bid than any Philippines squad ever has before — falling in a play-in tournament this summer that would eventually be won by international powerhouse France — they have gone back to the drawing board. IT could take some time for the new roster to gel.

As Yibada noted, the Philippines has built a team that will likely come together just in time for the FIBA Asia Championship and FIBA World Cup in two years. That leaves the current tournament as an opportunity to gain some valuable experience, but not a good chance to win.

“The Philippines will no longer lean on the much experienced pro players like Terrence Romeo and Jason William, who have made tremendous job during their tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas squad.”

“Instead, they will now parade a much younger generation of players, hoping these kids will reach their peak just in time for the big tourneys: FIBA Asia Championship and World Cup.”

“The FIBA Asia Challenge Cup will serve as the first real test for Gilas 5.0. On Friday, this Philippine squad will take on India, a team that has improved tremendously over the last three to four years.”

The Philippines could have a bit of history on their side for Sunday’s game. The last time these two teams met, it was the Philippines pulling away in the fourth quarter in a 2014 contest, erasing a three-point deficit and winning 78-64.

The present may not be so kind, however. On Saturday, Chinese Taipei dismantled the same Indian squad that beat the Philippines the day before, winning 90-66.

Fans who want to watch the Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei basketball game live online can find streaming video on Sports Stream.

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