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Gilas begins FIBA Asia bid vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas and China clash in an early rematch of their titular battle in Changsha two years ago as they open their campaigns in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup against each other on August 9 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Team Philippines will be next up against Iraq on Aug. 11 then versus Qatar on Aug. 13, with the Filipinos needing to be in the Top Three in their group to advance to the next round.

The tourney, now a tougher competition with the merger of Australia and New Zealand with the old Asian powers, features a new exciting format where the topnotchers in group play gaining automatic entry in the quarterfinals.

The second placers and third placers in the prelims go through a qualification to quarterfinals. It’s A2 versus B3, B2 opposite A3, C2 against D3 and D2 versus C3.

Gilas is expected to progress to the knockout round from Group B among the Filipinos, the Chinese, the Iraqis and the Qataris.

But in the new format, it’s harder to guess who will be the Filipinos’ assignment after the prelims.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/01/1715351/gilas-begins-fiba-asia-bid-vs-china

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