Philippines given FIBA Asia Champions Cup wild card spot
MANILA, Philippines - Fresh off an undefeated gold medal finish in the 2017 SEA Games, the Philippine national basketball team will get a chance to represent the country once more as a wild card in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup, which runs from September 22 to 30 in Chenzhou, China.
In a report by FIBA, the Philippine national team, operating under the name Chooks To Go, got the wild card spot after Japan withdrew its participation due to scheduling conflicts.
While head coach Chot Reyes has already confirmed participation, no official roster has been announced.
The Philippines rounds up the 10-team competition. After the official group drawing held last August 25, they will be joined by Kazakhstan (BC Astana), Thailand (Mono Vampire BC), Palestine (Sarreyet Ramallah) and powerhouse Iran (Petrochimi) in Group A.
Group B will include China Kashgar, Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Dacin Tigers of Chinese-Taipei, ONGC of India, and Al Shabab Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates.
In the competition’s history, the Philippines has participated 5 times, earning bronze once and bagging gold 4 times. – Rappler.com