Australia, New Zealand to co-host FIBA Asia Cup? (November 28, 2016)
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FIBA Asia Cup

MANILA, Philippines – There is a plan for Australia and New Zealand to co-host the FIBA Asia Cup on Aug. 15-27 next year as both countries are automatically qualified to participate in the 29th staging of the zonal championships where the Philippines finished second in the last two tournaments.          

The coming competition will be the first to introduce the top two contenders from Oceania in a fusion with Asia. In FIBA’s new World Cup qualifying format, seven countries from Asia/Oceania, excluding host China, will make it to the 32-team conclave in 2019.

SBP deputy executive director for international affairs Butch Antonio said yesterday the FIBA Asia Central Board will meet soon to decide the host of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. A draw will be conducted, tentatively in May, to locate the 16 teams participating in the FIBA Asia Cup the results of which are to determine the contenders in the home-and-away Division A series leading to qualification for the World Cup.

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Iran ready to shine with a balanced crew (August 30, 2016)
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Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi (IRI) - Philippines v Iran, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Changsha - CSWC Dayun (People's Republic of China), Second Round, 28 September 2015

TEHRAN (2016 FIBA Asia Challenge) - Iran’s 12-man roster for the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge that will be played at home at the Azadi Sport Complex in Tehran from 9-18 September has been released, and it’s a balanced crew ready to shine and defend their crown.

Veterans Hamed Haddadi, Arsalan Kazemi, Mohammad Jamshidi, Rouzbeh Arghavan and Oshin Sahakian lead the way for coach Dirk Bauermann’s squad, who are hoping to cop their third straight championship in this biennial tournament. All five of those veterans also played two years ago in the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, together with rising stars Behnam Yakhchali and Sajjad Mashayekhi, who are also present here in Tehran.

The rest of Team Melli’s lineup is rounded out by Adnan Doraghi, Farid Aslani, Mohammad Hassanzadeh, Vahid Dalirzahan and Ali Allahverdi.

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Tab Baldwin. ABS-CBN News FIle Photo

MANILA, Philippines – New Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin wants to pick experienced, veteran players for the national team pool ahead of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships.

Baldwin, who was announced as the new national team coach late last year, told Quinito Henson of The Philippine Star that he wants to "form a team of experienced players, veterans who know what it's like to play under international conditions."

"We won't go with young blood for the moment," said Baldwin.

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FIBA Asia Cup

NEW DELHI – India said Wednesday it has “shocked and outraged” after learning Sikh members of the national basketball team were not allowed to wear turbans on court at the recent Asia Cup.

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said wearing a turban on court did not impact on “fair play” and he was surprised to learn about the incident at the FIBA Asia Cup in China earlier this month.

Sonowal said he has asked the International Olympic Committee to issue guidelines on the wearing of turbans so that “such incidents do not take place again.”

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Rajko Toroman and Chot Reyes. Sports5 file/Paul Mata

Former Philippine national men’s basketball team coach Rajko Toroman may have led the country to some success in the international basketball scene, but he’ll be out for something different when he meets Gilas Pilipinas in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China

Toroman, now the coach of Jordan, will try to hand the Philippines its first loss of the tournament when the teams clash in their final Group B assignment.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes looks forward to matching coaching skills with his predecessor in the upcoming clash.

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Jay Washington of Gilas Pilipinas fires a jumper. www.fibaasia.net

Singapore continued to utilise their first presence with the next step in their learning process, but without much success in the results column going down this time to fellow SEABA team Philippines 57-74 in a Group B game at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup on Monday.

Pitted against a team that is using the event as a launchpad for their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup preparations, Singapore did extremely well to hold their own. There certainly no threatening Philippines’ overwhelming advantage on the scoreboard, but Singapore did indeed managed to keep the proceedings from slipping away into the mundane.

Coach Joe Soo gave all his players a feel of the court without worrying too much about the result.

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Shang Gao of China. www.fibaasia.net

China came up with a fantastic second half rally to post a 79-66 win against archrivals Japan that helped the hosts of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup wind up their Prelim Round engagements with three wins in four games and left them much closer to the top position in Group A.

China will in all likelihood finish as the No 1 team in Group A – only an upset Indian win over reigning FIBA Asia Championship winners and defending champions Iran can stop that – and are looking at a quarterfinal game against the No 4 team of Group B – in all probability Singapore.

The manner in which China rallied from a dozen-point deficit in the second half should give Wang Huaiyu enough confidence going into the playoffs, also with the advantage of the additional day off on Tuesday.

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