Gilas in tough Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal

The Gilas Pilipinas team joined 3rd ranked Argentina, #16 Croatia, #5 Greece,#17 Puerto Rico, and #41 Senegal in a tough Group B in the FIBA Basketball World Cup after the tournament draw early Tuesday morning.

The Philippine National team is currently ranked at #34 after the 2013 Continental Championships.

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.

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.Group A matches will be played in Granada, Group C in Bilbao, and Group D in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

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.

The draw is a big blow to the Gilas hope, considering how tough each teams in the group B is as the Nationals are only ahead of Senegal based on the rankings. 

But as we know, this is a World Championships so no teams are pushovers here even not so strong African teams have NBA players.

#3 Argentina will parade 4 NBA players in  Manu Ginobili, Spurs:  Carlos Delfino, Bucks: Knicks' Pablo Prigioni  and Luis Scola of the Pacers. But Delfino might not suit up because he is currently sideline with an injury. There is also a former NBA player who is playing overseas like Andres Nocioni and others. They might be available come August.

#5 Greece has only one NBA player in promising rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. But there line-up will parade former players and draft picks in veteran Antonis Fotsis, who had a brief instinct with the Grizzlies and Vasileios SPANOULIS, a sweet shooting guard formerly of the Pacers. They also have two former draft picks who is currently playing in the Euro League in Georgios Printezes and Kostas Papanikalaou.

#16 Croatia has no current player but will rely heavily on former Raptor in Roko Ukic and Bojan Bogdanovic, a 31st overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Nets. 

#17 Puerto Rico will have two current NBA campaigners in JJ Barea of the Wolves and promising young man Moe Harkless of the Magic. But don't ever forget the heart of this team in former Piston' Carlos Arroyo plus the support of troubled Renaldo Balkman, a former Knick and is very popular in the Philippines for getting involved in trouble with Petron in the PBA. THe 6' 8 afro-haired Balkman is currently banned in the PBA.

#41 Senegal is the Lowest ranked in the group  but has an NBA player in rookie Gorgiu Dieng of the Wolves. He might not suit up, so they will rely on ex-pros Hamady N'diaye, Wizards, DeSagana Diop, Bobcats Pape Sy, Hawks and Saed Sene, Sonics.

After the draw expect each teams to prepare very hard and scout each teams in their  bracket and Each team will submit a final line-up. 

Gilas Pilipinas Preliminary Round Schedule in 2014 FIBA World Cup Aug 30 – Philippines vs Croatia 

  • Aug 31 – Philippines vs Greece 
  • Sep 1 – Philippines vs Argentina 
  • Sep 3 – Philippines vs Puerto Rico 
  • Sep 4 – Philippines vs Senegal 

FIBA Rankings after 2013 Continental Championships:
RankCountryIOCCurrent Points+/- Points*+/- Rank*
1.USA  USAUSA940.0-12.0equal
2.Spain  SpainESP885.015.0equal
3.Argentina  ArgentinaARG490.0-8.0equal
4.Lithuania  LithuaniaLTU432.026.0up
5.Greece  GreeceGRE376.0-42.0down
6.Russia  RussiaRUS353.0-10.0equal
7.Turkey  TurkeyTUR294.0-8.0equal
8.France  FranceFRA280.020.0equal
9.Australia  AustraliaAUS234.00.0up
10.Brazil  BrazilBRA222.0-32.0down
11.Serbia  SerbiaSRB194.02.0up
12.China  ChinaCHN188.9-10.8down
13.Slovenia  SloveniaSLO158.01.0up
14.Germany  GermanyGER144.0-38.0down
15.Angola  AngolaANG143.00.0equal
16.Croatia  CroatiaCRO137.03.0equal
17.Puerto Rico  Puerto RicoPUR115.022.4up
18.Nigeria  NigeriaNGR109.0-3.6down
19.New Zealand  New ZealandNZL102.00.0down
20.Islamic Republic of Iran  Islamic Republic of IranIRI94.211.1equal
21.Italy  ItalyITA73.01.0equal
22.Great Britain  Great BritainGBR68.06.0up
23.Tunisia  TunisiaTUN65.6-0.2down
24.Mexico  MexicoMEX59.232.8up
25.Canada  CanadaCAN49.02.4up
26.Dominican Republic  Dominican RepublicDOM47.21.6up
27.Uruguay  UruguayURU40.00.8up
28.Venezuela  VenezuelaVEN36.2-12.8down
29.Lebanon  LebanonLIB35.4-12.0down
30.Jordan  JordanJOR33.80.0equal
31.Panama  PanamaPAN30.6-11.2down
31.Korea  KoreaKOR30.64.5up
33.MKD  MKDMKD26.01.0up
34.Philippines  PhilippinesPHI22.812.0up
35.Japan  JapanJPN22.6-1.2equal
36.Cote d'Ivoire  Cote d'IvoireCIV21.21.2up
37.Israel  IsraelISR21.0-9.0down
37.Latvia  LatviaLAT21.02.0up
39.Finland  FinlandFIN20.010.0up
40.Poland  PolandPOL19.01.0equal
41.Senegal  SenegalSEN18.2-2.0down
42.Qatar  QatarQAT17.3-5.1down
43.Cameroon  CameroonCMR16.22.8equal
44.Chinese Taipei  Chinese TaipeiTPE15.91.5down
45.Ukraine  UkraineUKR15.07.0up
46.Egypt  EgyptEGY14.48.0up
46.Paraguay  ParaguayPAR14.47.2up
48.Bulgaria  BulgariaBUL12.0-6.0down
48.Czech Republic  Czech RepublicCZE12.06.0up
50.Belgium  BelgiumBEL11.010.0up
50.Portugal  PortugalPOR11.00.0down
52.Kazakhstan  KazakhstanKAZ10.80.6down
53.Georgia  GeorgiaGEO10.02.0down
54.Cape Verde  Cape VerdeCPV9.82.6up
55.Central African Republic  Central African RepublicCAF8.8-1.6down
55.Jamaica  JamaicaJAM8.8
57.Cuba  CubaCUB8.00.0down
57.Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaBIH8.00.0down
59.Morocco  MoroccoMAR7.6-0.4down
60.Virgin Islands  Virgin IslandsISV7.20.0down
61.India  IndiaIND6.90.3down
62.Mali  MaliMLI6.6-1.6down
62.Rwanda  RwandaRWA6.61.8up
64.Sweden  SwedenSWE6.0
65.United Arab Emirates  United Arab EmiratesUAE5.70.0down
66.Mozambique  MozambiqueMOZ5.40.0down
66.Syria  SyriaSYR5.40.0down
68.Indonesia  IndonesiaINA5.1-1.5down
69.Hong Kong  Hong KongHKG4.51.5up
70.Kuwait  KuwaitKUW3.9-1.8down
71.Malaysia  MalaysiaMAS3.60.3down
71.Uzbekistan  UzbekistanUZB3.6-2.4down
73.Bahrain  BahrainBRN3.32.1up
74.South Africa  South AfricaRSA3.0-1.4down
74.Montenegro  MontenegroMNE3.02.0up
76.Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA1.8-1.5down
77.Republic of Congo  Republic of CongoCGO1.61.0up
77.Libya  LibyaLBA1.60.0down
79.Thailand  ThailandTHA1.5
80.Algeria  AlgeriaALG1.4-1.6down
81.Madagascar  MadagascarMAD1.20.0down
82.Sri Lanka  Sri LankaSRI0.90.0down
83.Chad  ChadCHA0.80.0down
83.Dem.Rep. of Congo  Dem.Rep. of CongoCOD0.80.0down
85.Burkina Faso  Burkina FasoBUR0.6
85.Liberia  LiberiaLBR0.60.0down
85.Togo  TogoTOG0.60.0down
--- Jay-R U. Bayon-on
Gilas in tough Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal Gilas in tough Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 2/04/2014 Rating: 5

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