The Philippine national men’s basketball team joined Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, and Senegal in Group C in the FIBA Basketball World Cup after the tournament draw early Tuesday morning.
Gilas will play its preliminary round games at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo in Seville, one of four Spanish cities to host the first round of the tournament.
GROUP A : Spain, Serbia, France, Brazil, Egypt and Iran
GROUP B : Philippines, Senegal, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Grece and Croatia
GROUP C : Dominican Republic, Turkey, USA, Finland, New Zealand and Ukraine
GROUP D : Slovenia, Lithuania, Angola, South Korea, Mexico and Australia
Group A matches will be played in Granada, Group C in Bilbao, and Group D in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
The Philippines, making its return in the world stage for the first time in four decades, will have to place in the top four of the group to qualify for the knockout stages. In the quarterfinals, it will be go up against qualifiers from Group A, which is composed of Brazil, Egypt, France, Iran, Spain, and Serbia.
The round-of-16 and the quarterfinals will be played in Barcelona and Madrid, while the semifinals, the battle for third, and the finals will be played in the Spanish capital.