Gilas Pilipinas drawn with Japan, Australia, Taiwan for 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers


The Philippines men’s national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas, will be competing against Japan, Australia, and Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers as determined by the draw held on Sunday, May 7 at Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China.

Assuming that Philippines will take the 2017 SEABA Championship crown this May and will be in the top 14 teams in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup this August, Philippines, ranked 27 in the world by FIBA, will battle 48th ranked teams Japan and Chinese Taipei on November 24 and November 27, respectively. Battles in 2018 will be up against heavyweight competition with the world’s 10th ranked team Australia as the most daunting foe on February 28. The team will then face again Japan on February 25, Chinese Tapei on June 29, and Australia on July 2.

Australia and New Zealand will be part of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers starting this year as the Asian Region is now merged with Oceania Region.

The following is the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers groups:

Group A: China, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong
Group B: Japan, Chinese-Taipei, Australia, Philippines
Group C: Syria, Lebanon, India, Jordan
Group D: Iraq, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Iran