Manila, Philippines – Jordan Clarkson lifted the Gilas Pilipinas on their first win in FIBA WORLD CUP 2023 against the rival CHINA “96-75” at the Araneta Coliseum on September 2, 2023.
Jordan Clarkson finished the game with 34 points, 24 of them coming from the third quarter. He also added 2 rebounds and 3 assists, this is the best production of Clarkson on this tournament as he shoot 11-18 in the field, 50% in the three-point line 5-10. Rhenz Abando also had a stellar night with 14 points, 5 rebounds , 1 block and 1 assists.
Philippines win is the first since winning against the Senegal team in overtime in Fiba world cup 2014.
China 48-46 lead melted as Clarkson erupted and started the 27-3 in the Philippines to end the third period ahead “73-51”.
China’s Naturalized player Kyle Anderson led with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
The victory marked the Philippines as the first win in the Fiba World Cup game at home after losing all 8 games when hosting the tournament since 1978.