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Gilas Pilipinas Bags Silver At FIBA Asia 2013

Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketball team of the Philippines, ended up with silver medal after falling to Iran, 85-71, during the Finals of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships held on Sunday, August 11, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Aside from earning silver, Gilas Pilipinas also secured a ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Championships to be held next year in Madrid, Spain. Iran and South Korea, which took home the gold and the bronze, respectively, also qualified for next year's world cup.

"The Aquino administration joins the Filipino people in congratulating Gilas Pilipinas for winning the silver medal in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships—and with it, a ticket to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain," Sec. Edwin Lacierda said Sunday night. "This victory is the culmination of years of hard work, belief, and perseverance from our players and their families, from our coaching staff, from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by Chairman Manny V. P…