Gilas takes on China in tune-up game ahead of FIBA OQT

Published June 21, 2021, 3:55 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Gilas Pilipinas (FIBA photo)

Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled to face China in a tune-up game on Wednesday, June 23, as part of preparations for next week’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ special assistant to the president Ryan Gregorio confirmed the tune-up match which was first bared by Gilas coach Tab Baldwin and Chinese counterpart Du Feng after the conclusion of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Gregorio said the two teams are set to play their tune-up match at 4 p.m. inside the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

Both Baldwin and Feng welcomed the opportunity of having one tune-up match before heading to their respective OQT locations.

The Philippines faces host Serbia and Dominican Republic in Group A of the Belgrade OQT while China takes on Greece and host Canada in Victoria, British Columbia.

One spot in the Tokyo Olympics is at stake in each of the four OQTs, the other venues being in Split, Croatia and Kaunas, Lithuania.

Gilas took a day off Monday, June 21 after sweeping the final three games of the continental qualifiers but will resume training the following day.

China also won all of its matches in Pampanga, posting two wins each against Japan and Taiwan in Group B.