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Friday, September 19, 2014

All systems go for Gilas Pilipinas as protests against Douthit's eligibility didn't push through

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According to a text message from Gilas Pilipinas team manager Aboy Castro in a Spin.ph article, reported protests against Marcus Douthit's eligibility to replace Andray Blatche in the Gilas lineup didn't push through.

"Technical meeting finished. No issues. No one brought up Marcus' eligibility. We will play with a 12 man roster including Marcus," Castro told Spin.ph in a message.


Gilas will face the top team in group B on the 23rd before taking on the reigning FIBA Asia champs Iran on the 25th. Both games will start at 2:00 pm.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who do you think should be removed from the lineup for Marcus Douthit?

Anticipating a worst-case scenario, Gilas Pilipinas could possibly play with just 11 players in the Incheon Asian Games Basketball event as medal contenders Iran, South Korea, Japan, and China are protesting against Marcus Douthit's inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas lineup in place of Andray Blatche who was declared ineligible by OCA due to residency rule.


Marcus could still suit up for Gilas but the coaching staff has to remove a slot for one local player as Andray Blatche's slot could be declared 'void'.

If this happens, who do you think should be removed from the lineup for Marcus Douthit?

2014 Incheon Asian Games: Gilas Pilipinas Game Schedule

Gilas Pilipinas will kick off their 2014 Incheon Asian Games campaign next Tuesday in Incheon, South Korea against the top team in Group B which is composed of Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Palestine, and India.

The Philippines, together with Iran, South Korea, China, and Chinese Taipei are expected to be the top teams to contend for a podium finish.

Gilas vs Korea, 2013 FIBA Asia Championships

Gilas is bracketed in Group D with Iran. Teams in Groups C, D, E, and F are automatically qualified in the preliminary rounds while only the top two teams in Groups A and B will qualify.

Read: 2014 Incheon Asian Games Men's Basketball Tournament Format and Groupings

Preliminary Rounds Schedule (Manila time)

September 23, 1:00 pm
Gilas Pilipinas vs Group B #1 (Saudi Arabia / Kazakhstan / Palestine / India)

September 25, 1:00 pm
Gilas Pilipinas vs Iran

*Game schedules after this will be determined depending on the results of the Preliminary Rounds.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Incheon Asian Games Men's Basketball Tournament Format and Groupings



The 2014 Incheon Asian Games Men's Basketball event will be held from September 20 to October 15 in Incheon, South Korea. The Philippines, together with Iran, South Korea, China, and Chinese Taipei are expected to be the top teams to contend for a podium finish.

China won the gold in the last Asian Games which was held in China, but their chances to defend the gold medal was dampened with the exclusion of ex-NBA player Yi Jian Lian from their roster.

The Philippines, South Korea, and Iran, meanwhile, are fresh from competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup where they went up against the top 24 teams in the World.


While Chinese Taipei won the silver medal in this year's FIBA Asia Cup, defeating China in the semifinals, before losing to Iran in the finals.

Competition Format (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/)
  • Top eight teams in 2010 that are participating in 2014 were automatically seeded and will advance to the preliminary round. The other teams will play in the qualifying round.
  • The qualifying round will be composed two groups of four teams each. Each team will play the teams within their group. The top two teams per group will advance to the preliminary round.
  • The preliminary round will be composed of four groups of three teams each. Each team will play the teams within their group. The top two teams per group will advance to the quarterfinals.
  • The quarterfinals will be composed of two groups of four teams each. Each team will play the teams within their group they haven't played yet. The top two teams per group will advance to the final round. The bottom two qualify to the classification round.
  • The classification and final rounds are single-elimination tournaments, with a consolation game for the semifinals losers. In the final round, the winner of the third place game wins the bronze medal; the loser in the final is awarded the silver medal, while the winner wins the gold medal.
Groupings (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/)

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F
 Mongolia
 Hong Kong
 Kuwait
 Maldives
 Saudi Arabia
 Kazakhstan
 Palestine
 India
 China
 Chinese Taipei
 South Korea
 Jordan
 Iran
 Philippines
 Japan
 Qatar