The first day of group play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup starts with Gilas Pilipinas vs. Italy. (Please see live stream details below.) Forty-one years ago, 1978 FIBA World Championship host Philippines lost to Italy 75-112. On Saturday, August 30, 2019, the squads will play their first games of the 2019 event against each other.
The group from the Philippines is with powerhouses June Mar Fajardo and naturalized player Andray Blatche, while Italy’s powerhouses are Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, Danilo Gallinari of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce.
PBA rookies CJ Perez and Robert Bolick will debut on the big stage. Completing the lineup are Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Roger Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Raymund Almazan, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, and Kiefer Ravena.
Italy is ranked 13th in the world while the Philippines is ranked 31st. Italy features a strong roster that includes Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, Danilo Gallinari of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce.
Which of the teams will start its group play schedule with a win? Let’s break down the matchup. But first, we’ll review the specifics of the game and how to watch it online.
Gilas Pilipinas vs. Italy: Time and Live Stream Information
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. (GMT+8, China local time )
Location: International Sports & Cultural Arena (Foshan, Foshan)
Live Stream: 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.
Per ABS-CBN.com, Coach Yeng Guiao said they have “tunnel vision” with regards to their schedule in Group D, as all of their focus is on their match-up against the Italians on August 31 at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena.
Italy players Danilo Gallinari of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce have given Guiao reason to be concerned.