Smart Gilas avoids ‘Group of Death’ in FIBA Asia championship

The Philippines will be playing in Group A along with Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia in the preliminary round of the 27th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Men’s Championship.
Included in Group B are Japan, Qatar, Lebanon and Hong Kong while Group C, considered as “Group of Death”, is composed of defending champion Iran, powerhouse China, South Korea and one qualifier from Southeast Asia.
Seeing action in Group D are Kazakhstan, India, Bahrain and another qualifier from Southeast Asia.
The drawing of lots was held on Thursday at the Centennial Hall of The Manila Hotel.
The FIBA-Asia will be held on August 1 to 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila. EMIL C. NOGUERA

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