Your Guide to the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships
MANILA, Philippines -- The 2013 FIBA Asia Championships fire off today, with Gilas Pilipinas battling Saudi Arabia in the main game. But before action begins, here is your guide to the tournament:
Special Player Features
The Naturalzed Players of West and Central Asia: Jimmy Baxter, Jarvis Hayes, CJ Giles, Jerry Johnson
The Naturalized Players of East Asia: Eric Sandrin, Marcus Douthit, JR Sakuragi, Quincy Davis
The Veterans of West Asia: Mahdi Kamrani, Wesam Al-Sous, Yasseen Ismail Musa, Ahmed Al-Mutawa
The Veterans of East Asia: Kim Joo-Sung, Ryota Sakurai, Tien Lei
The Brightest Stars of West Asia: Hamed Haddadi, Erfan Ali Saeed, Anton Ponomarev, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi
The Brightest Stars of East Asia: Yi Jianlian, Cho Sung-Min, Kosuke Takeuchi, Lin Chih-Chieh
Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City
Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila
Preliminary Round (August 1-3): Each team will play teams from its group once. The top three teams advance to the second round.
Second Round (August 5-7): Top teams from Groups A and B will form Group E while teams from Groups C and D will be Group F. Teams will battle teams they have not played in the first round once, but their record from the preliminary round will be carried over. The top four teams from Groups E and F will advance to the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals (August 9): Single-game elimination. #1 team from Group E will meet #4 team from Group F, #2 team from Group E will take on #3 team from Group F, #3 team from Group E will challenge #2 team from Group F and #4 team from Group E will collide with #1 team from Group F.
Semifinals and Finals (August 10 and 11): Quarterfinal winners will advance to the single-game knockout semifinals, with Final Four winners taking on each other in a winner-take-all championship game.
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