Gilas Pilipinas dominates Indonesia for gold medal in 3×3 finale

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 teams secured back-to-back Gold medals, as the group of CJ Perez, Moala Tautuaa, Jason Perkins, and Chris Newsome continued the team’s unbeaten run in the 2019 SEA Games 3×3 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Inspired by their Women’s team counterparts who also won gold in the match prior, the Filipinos outclassed Indonesia, 21-9 in the finale inside the FilOil Flying V Arena on Monday.

Perez saved his best performance for last, finding the groove early on and giving the home team a comfortable margin. Gilas did not surrender the lead the rest of the match, as Perez got the crowd off its feet with a ferocious one-hand poster at the six-minute mark.

Tautuaa delivered the finishing touches with a two-pointer that gave the Filipinos the gold at the 2:25 mark of the game.

Gilas Pilipinas Women’s team beats Thailand to secure Gold medal in SEA Games 3×3 basketball tourney

The Gilas Pilpinas Women’s 3×3 team are champions of the 2019 SEA Games 3×3 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Led by the heroics of Afril Bernardino, the Filipinos avenged their earlier preliminary round loss to Thailand with a win in the finale to clinch the gold medal for the host nation.

Bernardino left her Thai defenders in the dust, getting to the cup at will and finishing several difficult drives. The National University standout even received MVP chants from the home crowd.

She connected on series of and-one plays and gave the Philippines a comfortable 12-5 lead with 5:43 remaining.

But the Thais did not go down quietly, as they made a run of their own in the dying minutes of the game and were down by just four with 44 ticks left. The Philippines clamped down on defense and prevented Thailand from completing the comeback.

 

 

Filipino athletes urge public to unite and support team Philippines amid SEA Games criticism

Alejandro Baldo Jr, former Philippine Azkals U22 team member, Chris Tiu, former team Captain of the Gilas Pilipinas national team and Anton Cayanan, member of the Philippine Badminton Team urge the public to unite and support “Team Philippines” in the 2019 SEA Games.

They shared the “common problems” that they experienced in the past international sports events they joined in their respective social media accounts.

The national athletes narrated their own experiences pertaining to some inconveniences they felt when they represented the country abroad but noted that they were not distracted by these “natural and inevitable” glitches in sports events.

Alejandro Baldo Jr.,former Philippine Azkals player called on the public to pour their energies to support the Filipino athletes rather than find faults on others.

The former midfielder for the Philippine Azkals U22 team, shared a video in social media of their past experience where they had to push their double-decker bus in the middle of the road while they were being transported back to their hotel in Bangkok.

“Dahil wais tayong mga Pinoy imbis na magalit at magreklamo ginawa na lang natin to sa pinakamasayang experience,”   Baldo said.

Baldo pointed out that national athletes experience several issues related to transportation, food when they join international sports events and stressed that games are more important than these problems.

“Problema sa pagkain kasi paulit-ulit, problema sa transpo at kung ano-ano pa. Lahat po yan ay napagdaanan ng mga atletang Pinoy ‘pag tayo po ang dumadayo sa ibang bansa,” the former Azkals player recalled.

He shared his past experience during their tune-up game in Thailand in 2012 when they competed in the AFC U22 Championship qualifiers to show that they were not bothered by these problems back then.

Badminton national player Anton Cayanan for his part shared his own experience in the 2017 SEA games in Malaysia where their service transportation was delayed and their team was brought in a wrong hotel.

He recalled that they had “inadequate food supply” in their hotels but eventually the service improved.

“For sure di lang kami ang sports na nakaranas ng mga pagkukulang noong 2017 SEAG”, Cayanan narrated in his social media post.


Chris Tiu, former PBA cager also cited the inevitable hitches and inconveniences he personally experienced as a sports delegate before.

As national athletes who were committed to make their country proud, they did not allow these problems affect their game performance. Instead, they remained focus on their games and kept a positive outlook all throughout their participation in the international sports event.

They all hope that Filipinos can express more support to the national athletes to boost their morale and confidence so they perform better.

“Sports is certainly a great platform to inspire the youth, promote good values and unite a nation. Let us not use it to divide us” Tiu wrote in his instagram post.

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Exciting times ahead as we are 6 days away from the official Opening of the 2019 SEA Games! This time I am not participating as an athlete but as a member of the organizing committee. And I am very honoured to take on this challenging yet rewarding role of serving our country. Now I appreciate all the people, the hard work and planning that goes into hosting an event of this magnitude. Inevitably there will be hitches and inconveniences. And I’ve personally experienced many of them as a delegate before. Rest assured, the team will address and continue to find solutions to achieve the goals. As one country, let’s cheer on our athletes and support our organizing team who have been working extra extra hard to make our country proud! Sports is certainly a great platform to inspire the youth, promote good values and unite a nation. Let’s not use it to divide. Good luck to our athletes!! To our volunteer workforce, Thank you so much!! Let’s have fun and make our country proud! We Win as One! Laban Pilipinas! #wewinasone

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The Philippine hosting of this year’s SEA games is an opportunity for the country to showcase the world class talents and skills of the Filipino athletes.

Many athletes lament that instead of cheering and supporting the athletes a few days before the official start of the SEA games, the social media is flooded with negativities and criticisms.

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Southeast Asian Games 2019: Hidliyn Diaz, weightlifting 55kg, schedule, live stream, when and where to watch, timings

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Hidilyn Diaz put Philippine women’s weightlifting in the map, after becoming the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal. She won the silver medal in 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 53-kg weight division.

Philippines Weightlifting schedule

The weightlifting event will be held for four days from December 1 to 4 at the (Rizal Memorial Sports Complex) Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila.

Day 1: Women’s 45 kg will begin at 1pm and end 3pm. This is followed by the Men’s 55k at 4pm to 6pm.

Day 2: Women’s 49 kg (10am-12 noon)

    Men’s 61kg (1pm- 3pm)

    Women’s 55kg (4pm to 6pm)

Day 3: Women’s 59 kg (10am-12 noon)

    Men’s 67 kg (1pm-3pm)

    Women’s 64kg (4pm-6pm)

Day 4: Women’s 71 kg (1pm-3pm)

    Men’s 73 kg (4pm-6pm)

After Diaz’s international success, Filipino fans are now paying attention to the sport more than ever, hoping for the next big star.

Live stream, when and where to watch

Live telecast of the games will be broadcasted by two of the biggest networks in the country. ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to join forces to cover 56 sports which will have somewhere around 530 gold medals up for grabs.

Both networks are available on cable and free TV.

Squad

Women’s

Mary Flor Diaz — 45 kg

Elien Rse Perez —  49 kg

Hidilyn Diaz — 55 kg

Margaret Colonia — 59 kg

Elreen Ann Ando —  64 kg

Kristel Machrohon — 71 kg

Men’s

John Fabuar Ceniza — 55kg

Dave Lloyd Pacaldo — 61 kg

Nestor Colonia — 64 kg

Jeffrey Garcia — 73 kg

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Southeast Asian Games 2019 tickets: Where to buy online, website, venues, sports list

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Filipinos will get a chance to watch their best homegrown athletes compete live. This will be the fourth time the country will host the esteemed event since 1981, 1991 and 2005.

Here’s how you can avail tickets and watch the game live as it happens.

WATCH: 2019 SEA Games official theme song ‘We Win As One’ performed by Lea Salonga

Where to buy/Website

The 2019 SEA Games tickets are being distributed by the event’s official ticketing outlet, SM Tickets and have been made available to the public thru their website since October 3.

Those who prefer to get their tickets on hand can visit several SM ticket centers across the country. Sports determined to be less popular by the organizers will have a minimal fee.

You may visit the 2019 SEA Games’ official website for more information.

READ — Mastercard comes in as gold sponsor for 30th SEA Games

Venues and sports list

The 30th iteration of the biennial meet might just be one of its biggest yet, holding 530 events across 56 sports and 63 disciplines.

All events will be scattered across four designated clusters or hubs: namely Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and “Other Areas”

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, while the closing ceremony will be in New Clark City. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be present to preside over the opening and closing ceremonies.

READ — PhilSoc releases official schedule of 56 events for 2019 SEA Games

Southeast Asian Games 2019: Philippines basketball full schedule, live stream, when and where to watch, squad, timing in PDF

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The 30th Southeast Asian Games is upon us, as a total of 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) countries will duke it out in the biennial regional multi-sport event.

Set to take place on November 30 to December 11 across 23 cities in the Philippines, the 2019 SEA Games is expected to host almost 10,000 of the best Asian athletes in their respective fields.

Basketball, of course, remains as the most popular sport in the host nation, and the Philippines will be fielding a formidable unit in both the 5×5 and 3×3 categories of the tournament.

Philippines basketball full schedule

For the first time ever in its rich history, the SEA Games will feature a 3×3 basketball competition. The sport’s growing popularity in recent years have made it enticing to watch for fans, who wishes to see a more physical and fast-paced game.

3×3 basketball will be held from December 1 to 2 at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan, Manila, for both the men’s and women’s division.

The 5×5 tournament, meanwhile, will take place on December 4 to 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Philippine men’s team has dominated the tournament in recent years, capturing the gold twelve times. The Gilas Pilipinas women’s team, on the other hand, will look to take the title away from two-time champion Malaysia.

Live stream, when and where to watch

Live telecast of the games will be broadcasted by two of the biggest networks in the country. ABS-CBN and TV5 have agreed to join forces to cover 56 sports which will have somewhere around 530 gold medals up for grabs.

Both networks are available on cable and free TV.

According to a revised schedule the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Gilas will battle Singapore first in a Group A clash on November 3 at 8:15 p.m.

The home team will then take on Vietnam on Friday, December 6 and Myanmar on Saturday, December 7, also scheduled at 8:15 p.m.

Squad

Men’s 5×5

Multi-titled PBA coach Tim Cone has been tasked to form a 15-man line-up in a bid to defend the Philippines’ 5×5 title. Included in his pool are members of his Barangay Ginebra team including LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle, and Art dela Cruz.

READ — How good will Tim Cone’s Ginebra core be in SEA Games? (Part 1)

ALSO READ — How good will Tim Cone’s Ginebra core be in SEA Games? (Part 2)

Completing the group are All-Stars June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Vic Manuel, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Chris Ross, Christian Standhardinger, and Matthew Wright. Kiefer Ravena has also been added in the pool, replacing the injured Jayson Castro.

READ — Is Kiefer Ravena a shoo-in in coach Tim Cone’s Final 12 for SEA Games?

Coach Cone is expected to announce the Final 12 in the coming weeks.

READ — Who will likely get cut from final SEA Games line-up?

Men’s 3×3

Coach Ronnie Magsanoc has assembled a 12-man pool consisting of Raymond Almazan, Baser Amer, Chris Banchero, Mac Belo, Chris Newsome, CJ Perez, Jason Perkins, Terrence Romeo, Ian Sangalang, Anthony Semerad, and Mo Tautuaa. Robert Bolick has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Only four players will be selected for the final line-up.

READ — SBP seeks to maximize Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 pool brimming with talent

Women’s 5×5

Coach Pat Aquino formed a 16-women pool led by holdovers April Bernardino and Jack Animam.

READ — Ace scorer Afril Bernardino determined to help Gilas women team’s SEA Games gold hunt

Joining them are Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Andrea Tongco, Chack Cabinbin, Snow Penaranda, Camille Claro, Tina Deacon, Sarah Porter, Kelli Hayes, Khate Castillo, Gemma Miranda, Danica Jose, Bea Daez, and Eunique Chan.

READ — Returning Danica Jose willing to double shift as Gilas women’s team player, office worker

Women’s 3×3

(To be updated)

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Adam Silver admits NBA experienced ‘substantial’ financial losses after controversial Hong Kong tweet

The NBA is currently experiencing a firestorm from one of its biggest markets, China following a dispute over Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet of support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Although the scheduled Brooklyn Nets versus Los Angeles Lakers two-game pre-season matches still pushed through in Shenzen and Shanghai, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently admitted that the discord has already caused the league to suffer “substantial” financial losses.

“I don’t know where we go from here,” Silver said at Time magazine’s Time 100 Health Summit in New York, as per a report from Channel News Asia. “The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic.”

“The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next,” he added.

Additional reports cited that Chinese officials even demanded the league to fire Morey for his sentiments.

“We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver revealed. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”

The league’s poster boy, LeBron James, meanwhile, also recently caught flak from Hong Kong citizens when he publicly stated that Morey was “misinformed” about the issue.

Those angered by James’ declaration even performed a public protest by burning his jerseys.

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Mastercard comes in as gold sponsor for 30th SEA Games

The highly anticipated 30th Southeast Asian Games welcomes another prominent sponsor, as Mastercard has agreed to come aboard and support the biennial meet set to take place in the Philippines on November 30 to December 11.

According to multiple reports, the payments technology giant will assume the role of main backer of the SEA Games’ official app — which will allow attendees much easier access to tickets, food and drinks. The app will also feature accessible information regarding each event, each participant, and even officials for all the official sports.

It will also feature real-time updates on game schedules, score tallies and medal tables, and news related to the event.

The partnership, meanwhile, is part of Mastercard’s recent initiative of sponsoring major sporting events across the globe. The global brand was also a major player in the Asian Games in Jakarta last year.

Apart from this year’s SEA Games, Mastercard will also sponsor 2020 ASEAN Para Games which will also take place in the Philippines in January.

WATCH: 2019 SEA Games official theme song ‘We Win As One’ performed by Lea Salonga

With the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games fast approaching, host nation Philippines recently revealed the official theme song for the esteemed biennial regional event.

Performed by none other than world-renowned singer and actress Lea Salonga, the track “We Win As One” perfectly embodies the drive and passion of the participating athletes from all over the continent.

Filipino National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab reportedly composed the song, while award-winning writer Floy Quintos created the lyrics.

Salonga, meanwhile, is best known for her contributions in musical theatre and rose to global recognition after lending her singing voice to two Disney Princesses (Jasmine and Mulan) in blockbuster animated films.

The 30th SEA Games will run from November 30 to December 11, 2019 in various venues in the Philippines.

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What went wrong for Team USA in shocking defeat to France?

A new champion will emerge in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after defending titlists United States shockingly bowed out in the tournament’s Quarterfinals against the formidable France squad.

READ — France snaps Team USA’s international win streak

The Americans, who saw their 58 international games winning streak come to end, crumbled in the final canto in a closely contested game that featured 12 lead changes.

USA came in the tournament with much less firepower than we’re accustomed to after several big name superstars removed themselves from consideration. France, meanwhile, retained its core of Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier, and the up-and-coming Frank Nkilikina. They bounced back beautifully from an earlier defeat against Australia and secured one of the nation’s biggest wins in the world stage.

With the win, France guaranteed a top 4 finish and will have a chance to advance to the finale if they win against another surprising team in Argentina. USA, meanwhile, will battle Serbia for a 5th place finish.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the factors that led to Team USA’s downfall.

USA’s offense never got it going in the World Cup

Although they still managed to assemble a crew of young stars bannered by the explosive backcourt of Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell, Team USA’s high octane offense never picked up steam throughout the entire tournament.

The Americans ranked 10th in average points with just 86 per game on 44 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from downtown. Mitchell came out with a 29-point output against France, but only Marcus Smart (11 points) and Walker (10) managed to reach double-figures.

They couldn’t rely on their outside game last night either, as the Americans shot 8-for-23 from three (35 percent). The team’s best pure shooter, Joe Harris, only attempted one three in 18 minutes of action.

USA couldn’t stop Rudy on both ends

Team USA was certainly vulnerable in the interior, as Myles Turner and Brook Lopez were the only two legitimate centers in the roster. Gobert took advantage of the Americans’ lack of depth in the middle and produced 21 points (6-of-12 FG) to go along with 16 rebounds, two assists, and three shot blocks.

The “Stifle Tower” was once agin a problem in pick-and-roll situations, while his defensive prowess gave Team USA fits all game long. Sending him to the line did not work either, as Gobert only missed one of his 10 trips to the charity stripe.

He also got ample help from Fournier who fired 22 points, while De Colo and Nkilikina had 18 and 11, respectively.

Team USA couldn’t control the boards

Even while fielding a small ball line-up in multiple stretches, Team USA actually led the tournament in rebounds with 44 per game. But that advantage disappeared last night, as they got outrebounded by Gobert and company 44-28. The French held the advantage on both offensive rebounds (13-9) and defensive boards (31-19).

This also led to more second chance opportunities as they also won that department, 16-10.

(Images from FIBA)

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Angola live stream updates, score and results

After two punishing defeats against Italy and Serbia, Gilas Pilipinas’ hopes of entering the next round of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is now completely out of reach.

READ — Same issues plague Gilas Pilipinas in disheartening defeat to Serbia

But before the team drops to the 17th-32nd classification phase of the tournament, the Philippines will have a chance to close out the group stage on a winning note, as they take on Angola today at 3:30 pm (Philippine time).

The African team has also been relegated to the classification stage after getting decimated by the two European powerhouse nations in their first two matches in Group D. Although not as established as the Italians and the Serbians in the world stage, Angola has been a consistent dominant force in African basketball.

The team is bannered by the steady play of 6’4 guard Carlos Morais, while Yanick Moreira and Paulo Leonel have also impressed so far in the tournament.

RELATED — Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ way: Angola won’t be a walk in the park

Gilas, on the other hand, is still seeking for a better performance from Andray Blatche, who has mightily struggled in the team’s last two contests. World Cup neophyte CJ Perez has been the lone bright spot for the Yeng Guiao-mentored team, and he will look to continue the same impressive performance against the Angolans.

READ — Grading Gilas players’ performance vs Serbia

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Angola match-up.

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Serbia live stream updates, score and results

It’s time for David to finally meet Goliath.

After getting blown out by the Italians in the opener of the 2019 FIBA World Cup tournament in Foshan, China, Gilas Pilipinas will look to put up a much better performance this time around against the number two ranked team in the world Serbia tonight at 7pm (Philippine time) at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena.

The Yeng Guiao-mentored squad certainly failed to live up to expectations in their first game, as they got outplayed, outmatched, and outclassed for the entire 40 minutes en route to a demoralizing 108-62 defeat.

RELATED — These 3 factors caused Gilas Pilipinas’ nightmare defeat to Italy

Naturalized center Andray Blatche had a rough going against the Azzuris, while youngsters CJ Perez and Robert Bolick impressed despite the losing effort.

READ — Who was hot, who was not? Grading Gilas players’ performance vs Italy

Serbia, meanwhile, came out with flying colors in their first match as they easily dispatched the Angola side, 105-59. Boban Bogdanovic led the Serbians with 24 markers, while Nikola Jokic displayed his all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds, and six dimes.

RELATED – Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ way: With or without NBA stars, Serbia still Group D favorites

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Serbia match-up.

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream updates, score and results

Gilas Pilipinas takes on its first challenge in the FIBA World Cup’s dreaded Group D, as they battle against Italy today at 7:30 pm (Philippine time) at the International Sports & Cultural Arena in Foshan, China.

READ — Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream, when and where to watch, time, score, updates

After being plagued by injuries in their final roster and getting mixed results in their tune-up matches, the Filipinos once again embrace the role as underdogs against the mighty Azzurris.

Gilas holdovers Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Japeth Aguilar banner the Final 12, as they are backstopped by talented scorers in Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. The youthful trio of Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick bring a new wave of talent to the team, while defensive stoppers Raymond Almazan, and Mark Barroca round up the roster assembled by head coach Yeng Guiao.

RELATED — No Middle Ground: Gilas Pilipinas – The team we need

The 13th-ranked Italians, on the other hand, will go as far as their two NBA players will take them. Oklahoma City Thunder’s newly-acquired do-it-all forward Danilo Gallinari will be at the forefront of the Italians’ offense, while gifted shooter Marco Bellineli of the San Antonio Spurs will indeed pose problems for the Philippines with his limitless range.

RELATED — Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ Way: Could Gallinari, Belinelli offset Italy’s thin frontline?

Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the next stage of the tournament, while the bottom two teams will proceed to play in the classifications round.

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Italy match-up.

 

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FIBA World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream, when and where to watch, time, score, updates

The time has come for Gilas Pilipinas to once again carry the flag in the world stage.

The Philippine national men’s basketball team are currently in Foshan, China to participate in the prestigious 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The Philippines is bracketed in Group D, where they will tussle against Italy, Serbia, and Angola in the group phase of the tournament.

Gilas will be challenged early on, as only the top two squads will advance to the second round, while the bottom two will drop to the 17-32nd Classification stage.

After testing their might against several formidable teams in exhibition matches in Guadalajara, Spain and Manila, coach Yeng Guiao assembled his final 12 which includes Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Raymond Almazan, and Mark Barroca.

RELATED — No Middle Ground: Gilas Pilipinas – The team we need

When and were to watch it:

Gilas’ quest begins on Saturday, August 31, when they try to begin the tournament on a winning note against the formidable Italians at 7:30 pm (Philippine time). They will plunge right back to action on Monday, September 2, against the number two ranked Serbian national team also at 7:30 pm.

The Philippines will have a day to rest before they close the group stage against African powerhouse Angola on Wednesday, September 4, at 3:30 pm.

All games will be broadcasted live on ESPN 5 and will be available for stream on their website and Facebook page.

The live feed will also be available on FIBA’s official Youtube channel. Follow FOX Sports Philippines’ live blog of the game for real-time updates of the live action.

ALSO READ — How can Gilas score some wins in the World Cup? Yeng Guiao reveals

Full list of participating countries:

The competitors are bracketed into eight groups composing of four teams each. A total of 32 nations will vie for the top spot, with five teams coming from Africa, eight from Asia and Oceania, twelve from Europe, and seven from Americas.

Group A: Ivory Coast, Poland, Venezuela, China

Group B: Russia, Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria

Group C: Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Tunisia

Group D: Angola, Serbia, Italy, Philippines

Group E: Turkey, Czech Republic, United States, Japan

Group F: Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, Montenegro

Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan

Group H: Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia