MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas will join Serbia, Italy, Angola, in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup after the tournament’s groupings were determined in a draw on Saturday, March 16, in Shenzhen, China.
The Philippines got bunched in Group D and will play in Foshan, one of the 8 cities in China where the World Cup will be staged from August 31 to September 15.
With the World Cup featuring a record 32 nations, the first round was divided into 8 groups of 4 with the top two teams from each group advancing to the second round.
Ranked 31st by FIBA, it will be a tough climb for the Philippines with Serbia and Italy ranked being 4th and 13th in the world. Angola is the lowest-ranked team in Group D at 39th.
Here are the complete groupings for the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
1. Ivory Coast
3. Puerto Rico
2. Czech Republic
2. New Zealand
1. Dominican Republic