Ricci Rivero and other La Salle Standouts Left out of the 2023 Gilas Training Pool, Why?

Ricci Rivero of La Salle

Was DLSU selfish for not letting their players be a part of the Gilas training pool?

Chot Reyes revealed 23 new names on the Gilas training pool and while a lot of fans and players were happy to see most of the names, a lot of fans were wondering why La Salle’s Caracut, Melecio, and Rivero was not part of the list.
See complete list here (23 Gilas training pool complete list)
Fans online were buzzing about it and demanded answers as to why Coach Chot Reyes snubbed the highly touted players. In a recent interview however it was revealed that the Geen Archers wants their player off the list.
The DLSU Green Archers basketball program is currently in their transition period, which is why the likes of Ricci Rivero, Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio were asked by their alma mater to be excluded from the #23for23 pool for now.
Given the experience and the opportunity that the players could have had as part of the national training pool do you think De La Salle should have just allowed their players to join?

Complete List of the Philippines FIBA World Cup in 2023 Training Pool. Young, can Run and Shoot

Chot Reyes early morning on January 5 announced the 23 players that will be part of the training pool for the upcoming FIBA World Cup that will be held in the Philippines.

If you are following college basketball in the Philippines then most of the names on the list may be familiar to you.  Let’s take a look.
Guards:
1. Robert Lee Bolick, San Beda College
2. Jaymar Perez, Lyceum of the Philippines
3. Juan Gomez De Llano, University of the Philippines
4. Remy Martin, Arizona State University
5. Matthew Nieto, Ateneo University
6. Andres Paul C. Desiderio, University of the Philippines
Wings:
1. Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo De Manila
2. Rodolofo Alejandro III, National University
3. Kenneth Tufflin, Far Eastern University
4. Jeo Ambohot, Colegio De San Juan De Letran
5. Kobe Paras, Cal State Northridge
6. Dwight Ramos, California State University
7. Joshua Sinclair, National University
8. Arvin Tolentino, Far Eastern University
9. Javee Moco, San Beda College
Bigs:
1. Kai Sotto, Ateneo De Manila University
2. Isaac Go, Ateneo De Manila University
3. Abu Tratter, De La Salle University
4. Ariel Jon Edu, Llandovery, college UK
5. Carl Vincent Tamayo, National University
6. Kenmark Carino, San Beda College
7. Will Allen Gozum, Mapua University
8. Troy Rike, Wake Forest University
We are a bit excited and hope these young guys train well for the 2023 FIBA World cup that will pit them against the top players all over the world including NBA players.

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Updated FIBA World Ranking Men, The Philippines Went down Despite Two Recent Wins

Despite two wins in the recent FIBA World Cup Qualifiers the Philippines dropped to one rank down to 31st place behind fellow Asia- Pacific member New Zealand. 

The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, has been updated following the November 2017 games of the FIBA Basketball Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
Lithuania, on the strengths of convincing wins away at Kosovo (99-61) and over Poland (75-55), moves up one place, from sixth to fifth.
Brazil also jumps one spot, from 10th to ninth on the back of coming out on top in both of their games, beating Chile at home (86-73) and getting the better of Venezuela (72-60) in Rio.
Puerto Rico and Mexico registered identical 1-1 marks in their Americas Qualifiers but switched places in the ranking, with the former moving up to 14 and the latter dropping to 15. This illustrates how margins of victory and defeat are among the factors taken into consideration as part of the ranking’s new system.

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Czech Republic moved up three places to 26th after beating Iceland at home (89-69) and earning an impressive away at Finland (64-56). Right on their heels are Georgia (27th) and Poland (28th) after both split their two games in the European Qualifiers.
The high cost of losing at home was demonstrated by New Zealand, with the Tall Blacks dropping three places to 30th as a consequence of being edged out by Korea in Wellington (86-80).
Iraq moved up two places to 83rd thanks to an upset of Asian powerhouse Iran (74-66).
Finally, there are special mentions for Syria and Chad.

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The Syrians moved up five places to 93rd after convincingly beating India in Bengaluru (74-57), while the Chadians jumped up six spots to 111th thanks to a resounding win over Guinea (85-51).
The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, will be updated following the February 2018 games of the World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, here to find out how it works and here for the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
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FIBA (fiba.basketball) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Indonesia, Japan, Philippines Together Bid to Host 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup

FIBA Basketball World Cup to be staged in multiple countries for the first time in 2023; decision on hosts set for December 9

Indonesia, Japan, Philippines Bid to Host 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
MIES, Switzerland (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023) – In 2023, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will, for the first time, be staged in more than one country after joint bids by Argentina/Uruguay and Indonesia/Japan/Philippines were confirmed as the finalists on Wednesday.

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Both candidates submitted Host Nation Agreements on the deadline day to confirm interest in holding the 19th edition of FIBA’s flagship competition.
Patrick Baumann, FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, said: “We are pleased to announce Argentina/Uruguay and Indonesia/Japan/Philippines as the final two candidates in the running to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. In recent years, we have seen the way in which several countries teaming up to stage our biggest tournaments has been successful. This was the case at the last two editions of the FIBA EuroBasket as well as at FIBA AfroBasket 2017 and the FIBA AmeriCup 2017. We are fully confident this formula will also work to great effect for our flagship competition. Furthermore, these are countries with rich basketball traditions and passionate fans.”
The two bidders will present their candidatures to FIBA’s Central Board on Saturday, December 9, in the following order: Indonesia/Japan/Philippines and Argentina/Uruguay. The hosts of the competition will be announced on that day following a vote by the Central Board.

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Balls-Eye: Gilas’ Small Squad on Extreme Pressure to Suffice Romeo’s Absence

Team Gilas’ small squad needs to step up to fill the gap left by Terrence Romeo being injured and unable to play for the country.

Though National Coach Chot Reyes said that they are not closing the doors for Terrence, the National team cannot afford to lose games without Terrence for his break is still indefinite in order to recuperate from his injury.

In that case, the ambitious Gilas Pilipinas needs an extra push to be provided by the small guys to make their world cup dream come true. This means pressure, a high level of pressure bestowed upon the shoulders of the small guys.

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Ravena and Pogoy stepping up is a MUST do to secure victories especially when facing powerhouse teams. However, in their first game against the Japanese, we’ve seen both of them struggle. Pogoy merely made an outside shot whilst Ravena had a hard time in making plays when he switched against Castro as the primary point guard. Thanks to Matthew Right, the vulnerability of the small men was covered up.

Gilas must not solely rely on Andre Blatche. Blatche may be offensively unstoppable, or so it seemed. Andre shoots poorly from the free-throw line so it will be as easy as giving up a foul without leaving a door open for a three-point play to stop Gilas’ giant black beast.

Now if ever this happens that the Gilas inside and big men were outsized and overpowered, it shall be their outside gunners to be relentless in scoring and only then the defensive are will start to loosen, making it a bit easier for the Gilas’ bigs to help out the team better.

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Romeo’s absence is not an excuse for the national team to throw in the towel too early. In fact, they have won their first game against Japan. Though failing to dominate, they managed to silence the loud throng of the crowd inside the arena cheering for their opponent.

It is a good start. It is a good ‘start’. And they must keep getting ‘better’ to achieve what’s best for the team with or without one of their best point guard Terrence Romeo.

Missing Link: Romeo’s Absence in Gilas Guarantees Adverse Effects but not Losses

Terrence Romeo attacking the defense of Lee Dy for a lay up finish

Next to ‘The Blur’ Jayson Castro Williams, Gilas’ best point guard would be the Batang Pier’s Terrence Romeo who already marked his name in the hearts of FIBA universe with his ultimate offensive power and the show he provides with his fancy crossovers.

Who can ever forget Terrence Romeo making a 7-footer Chinese dance and then shoot over such a huge beast from the outside. His 22-point performance in one quarter against the South Koreans and every single amazing plays Romeo has dished out that made a throng of Filipinos inside the arena and the millions in front of their TV screens be proud to say that they are Filipinos.

Romeo, with no doubt, provides a huge extra boost for the Gilas and with him gone due to an injury, it will surely affect the team performance significantly.

Player Rotation

Of course this would be the first one to be affected. Jayson Castro’s going to spend more time on the court, making it very exhausting for the veteran. With him carrying the ball to the other side against a tough full court press every single possession, it will be a huge burden for the blur in crossing the ball to the halfway mark alone. Romeo and Jayson sometimes play at the same time on the court helping out each other to catch their breath but right now he is all alone in playing the play making position.

Who shall step up?

Well, the answer is too simple – the other small guys like Pogoy and Ravena but it is not as though in a snap, they can play the Romeo level of performance. This explains why Pogoy was given a lot of playing time, the coaching staff trusts him to fill the gap left by Romeo.

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Hype provider?

Without Romeo doing some show on the floor which may indirectly boost the team’s morale every time he hits the ball in an extraordinary way, it will somehow downgrade the offensive power of the team. So who must suffice? Someone must light up the offense the way Terrence does.

Conclusion

Terrence Romeo being unsuccessful in joining the Gilas Pilipinas for this World Cup qualifier dramatically impacted the team – offensively. The pace, the intensity and player movement but still we have the core of the defense in the interior. The Kraken June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Andrei Blatche takes cover of everything under the rim.

FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 dates announced: It will be in Manila!

FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 dates announced: It will be in Manila!
MANILA (FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018) – FIBA announced on Friday that the Philippines Basketball Federation (SBP) will organize the fifth edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup on June 8-12, 2018.

This means the final day of the most prestigious 3×3 national team competition will be played on Philippines Independence Day, the country’s National Day.

Twenty men’s and 20 women’s teams will compete in the team event and in three individual contests (men’s dunk contest including professional dunkers, women’s skills contest and mixed shoot-out contest).

The 40 qualified teams have until November 30 to confirm their participation. The provisional list is as follows:

Men: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (hosts), Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia (reigning champions), Slovenia, Ukraine, Uruguay.

Women: Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines (hosts), Russia (reigning champions), Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, USA, Venezuela.

More details regarding the venue of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 will be announced at a later stage

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ABOUT FIBA 3×3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
Nike is FIBA 3×3’s Founding Partner.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Sport Court’s floors with Schelde backstops and benefit from Wilson’s innovative and specially-made ball for 3×3.
For further information about 3×3, visit fiba3x3.com, FIBA 3×3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube or contact 3×3@fiba.com.

Connor Sports to supply latest generation of portable courts at FIBA’s top competitions until 2020

Connor Sports to supply latest generation of portable courts
MIES, Switzerland/CHICAGO, United States of America – FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, on Tuesday, announced that Connor Sports has been appointed as the official supplier of wooden flooring for FIBA’s top level international competitions until 2020.
Connor Sports will supply the latest generation of its QuickLock portable arena surface at the first-ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place in China from August 31-September 15, 2019. The courts for FIBA’s flagship competition will be custom-made and specifically designed to reflect its identity by having uniquely-branded playing surfaces of the highest quality across the eight venues. It will also supply the same equipment for the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the worldwide market leader in portable and permanent hardwood sports flooring systems. A preferred provider for top athletic organizations across the globe, it is responsible for building maple hardwood courts for 14 NBA teams. It has installed more than 77,000 courts and all of its products are manufactured with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact at every state of the product’s life. Connor Sports has been a part of the Gerflor company since 2014.
FIBA and Connor Sports have previously enjoyed successful collaborations with the US-based company most recently serving as Official Court Supplier for the World Cup in Spain in 2014, FIBA EuroBasket 2015 and the Olympic Basketball Tournament at the Rio 2016 Games.
Through this new agreement, Connor Sports once again confirms its status as a go-to supplier of basketball equipment for leading international competitions.
Andrew Gettig, Vice-President of International Sales for Connor Sport Court, said: “Connor Sports is proud to once again be chosen by FIBA for its top indoor basketball competitions. We look forward to a continued fruitful partnership with FIBA that includes a shared vision and innovative product solutions from the Gerflor family, including Connor Sports QuickLock for FIBA indoor events and Sport Court as FIBA’s Official 3×3 court provider.”
Frank Leenders, Director General of FIBA Media and Marketing Services (FMMS), said: “We are extremely pleased to once again call upon Connor Sports, a trusted FIBA Equipment and Venue Centre partner. This partnership will see them deliver top-of-the-line courts that are consistent in terms of quality – as well as look and feel – for our leading competitions until 2020.”
The agreement comes following a Request of Proposal made to all FIBA Equipment and Venue partners. It was brokered by FIBA Marketing,  innovative strategic partnership between FIBA and Infront Sports & Media.
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About Connor Sports

Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the leader in hardwood sports flooring and is a preferred provider to the NCAA, NBA, FIBA and other organizations. Connor Sports is a part of the Gerflor company. Gerflor’s cutting-edge technology, history of innovation and design-forward products as an international leader in the flooring industry provides Connor Sports with global scope and enhanced research and technology. The Gerflor portfolio also includes Sport Court and Taraflex brands. Connor Sports has a proven commitment to sustainability with an excellent environmental record in responsible forestry including use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials and is the only flooring company with an Environmental Product Declaration. The company’s manufacturing facility in Amasa, Missouri, USA is independently-audited and compliant with ISO 14001 standards.

Connor Sports products also include leading vulcanized rubber sports surfaces. Connor Sports is on the web at http://www.connorsports.com, Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/connorsports and on Twitter @Connor_Sports.
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About FIBA


FIBA (fiba.basketball) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


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LomĂ© to host FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup 2017

LOME, Togo (FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup 2017) – The first-ever edition of the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup will take place in LomĂ©, Togo on November 3-5 2017.
“We are proud and honored to become the first national federation to host the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup”, Togo National Basketball Federation President AndrĂ© Goungou said.
“3×3 has become extremely popular in the country and we are confident that the local fans will come in numbers and create a special atmosphere for the delegations coming from all over the continent,” Goungou added.

22 teams (12 men’s and 10 women’s) from 12 different countries will compete in the covered outdoor venue of the Stade Omnisport Eyadema de LomĂ©.

“It is a great satisfaction for us to have the first edition of the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup and to bring it to Togo,” FIBA First Vice-President and FIBA 3×3 Advisor Board Chairman Hamane Niang told FIBA.basketball.

“This is a formidable chance for the best teams in Africa to start preparing for the goal to play at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup and in just 3 years at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” Niang continued.

The 12 men’s teams have been seeded in 4 pools of 3 and the 10 women’s teams in 2 pools of 5 according to the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking.

In the men’s category, the top 2 teams from each pool will advance to the knock-out rounds, which start at the quarter-finals stage.

Egypt will be the team to beat in the men’s category since they’re the only African team to ever play at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup (3 appearances in 2012, 2016 and 2017).

In the women’s category, the top 2 teams from each pool will also make it to the knock-out rounds, but starting directly with the semi-finals.

Uganda will be the favorite in the women’s category after shining at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2014 and developing their young talents through their participation in the FIBA 3×3 Fast Track program.

A Shoot-Out Contest featuring 1 player from both men’s and women’s teams will also be organized besides the team event.

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ABOUT FIBA 3×3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
On June 9 2017, 3×3 was addded to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3×3’s Founding Partner.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Sport Court’s floors with Schelde backstops and Magic Sky canopies, and benefit from Wilson’s innovative and specially-made ball for 3×3.

MONGOLIA’S MEN AND AUSTRALIA’S WOMEN WIN FIBA 3×3 ASIA CUP 2017

FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2107

FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017 – Mongolia’s men and Australia’s women won gold in the second edition of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 29 2017.
In their 1st appearance at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup, the Australian women left their mark as they went on an impressive 5-0 record at the Crocus Event Hall in the Mongolian capital.
16-year-old Isabell Bourne started her first game with only 1 point but from then on took off. She scored a total of 34 points throughout the tournament including 7 in a close semi-final match-up against China. The tournament MVP scored 8 in the final game and got a little help from Carlie Smith (7 points) for the win over Malaysia (21-15).
China secured bronze in a win over India 21-16 thanks to tournament top scorer Jinxian Wang. Wang joined Bourne and shoot-out contest winner and 3rd overall top scorer Fook Yee Yap (Malaysia) on the Team of the Tournament.
In the men’s category, the Mongolian hosts had a tough route to the final. In the semi-final that went to overtime, they beat an impressive Australian team who had made their way through the tournament from the Day 1 qualifying draw.
Mongolia met New Zealand in the final and turned on theatrics for the home crowd. The atmosphere was electric as the two teams remained within almost 2 points throughout the game. Mongolia pulled away in the final minutes and won 19-14, thanks to the play-making of MVP Dulguun Enkhbat and the scoring of Tsenguunbayar Gotov. New Zealand’s Alonzo Burton also made it to the Team of the Tournament.
For the bronze medal, Australia met a red-hot Anton Kotenko (Kazakhstan), who was a scoring machine with 47 total points. Australia took an early lead but Kotenko was not ready for the party to end. He brought Kazakhstan within striking distance. However, Lucas Parker combined with Owen Odgie to earn the bronze medal for Australia.
In the shoot-out contest, Yap won gold, Jiabin Zhang (China) took sliver and Zalina Kurazova (Kazakhstan) came in third.
Final standings of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017:
Men1.Mongolia 
2.New Zealand
3.Australia 
4.Kazakhstan 
5.China
6.Chinese Taipei
7.Kyrgyzstan
8.Japan
9.India
10. Qatar
11. Sri Lanka
12. Bahrain
13.Malaysia 
14. Lebanon 
15. Turkmenistan 
Women
1.Australia
2.Malaysia
3.China
4.India
5.Mongolia
6.New Zealand
7.Turkmenistan
8.Kazakhstan
9.Chinese Taipei
10.Kyrgyzstan
11. Sri Lanka
12. Qatar
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ABOUT FIBA 3×3Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
On June 9 2017, 3×3 was addded to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3×3’s Founding Partner.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Sport Court’s floors with Schelde backstops and Magic Sky canopies, and benefit from Wilson’s innovative and specially-made ball for 3×3.
For further information about 3×3, visit fiba3x3.basketball, FIBA 3×3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube or contact 3×3@fiba.com.

Australia Defeats Japan for FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship, China is 3rd

Australia claim FIBA U16 Women's Asian Championship

Australia claim FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship

BENGALURU (FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship 2017) – Australia defeated Japan 61-60 in a thrilling final game to claim FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship 2017. China won the Bronze over New Zealand in an easy 60-43 victory.

Japan led by as many as 13 points in this game, even holding a 3-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Australians proved to be the more composed team in the clutch. The Sapphires outscored the Akatsuki Five, 29-19, in the entire second half to pull the rug from under the Japanese and annex their first every U16 Women’s Asia Championship crown.

Three-time Champions China won the Bronze medal after beating New Zealand 60-43. After struggling mightily against Australia, Liu Yutong bounced back strong here, dropping 17 points and hauling down 15 rebounds for the Chinese. Zheng Ming gave her able support with 20 points.
In the classification games, Korea used a strong finishing kick to vanquish Chinese Taipei, 69-52, for fifth place, while Thailand avoided relegation after besting Hong Kong, 83-59. As a result Hong Kong has been relegated to Division B for the upcoming FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship and will be replaced by India, who beat Malaysia in the Division B Final.
The final standings of the FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship 2017:
Division A
1. Australia
2. Japan
3. China
4. New Zealand
5. Korea
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Thailand
8. Hong Kong
Division B
1. India
2. Malaysia
3. Kazakhstan
4. I.R. Iran
5. Sri Lanka
6. Nepal
7. Maldives
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About FIBA
FIBA (fiba.com) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
For further information about FIBA, visit fiba.com or follow FIBA on facebook.com/fiba, twitter.com/fiba,  instagram.com/fiba and youtube.com/fiba.
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Press Release

Rosters finalized before FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2017

FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2017

FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2017
BEIJING (FIBA 3×3 World Tour) – The rosters of the 12 teams competing at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final in the Chinese capital on October 28-29 have been confirmed.
With the action set to start on Saturday October 28 with the pool stage, all rosters have been trimmed to 4 players.
Click on the teams below to view the full rosters:

Pool A: Novi Sad Al Wahda (two-time winners), Kranj, Krakow R8 Basket
Pool B: Ljubljana (reigning champions), Belgrade, Lausanne
Pool C: Liman, Riga, Humpolec
Pool D: Zemun Master, Piran, Saskatoon

Stay up-to-date on the official website, watch the livestream on Youtube.com/FIBA3x3 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @FIBA3x3 for reactions, photos, livescores and more. Start the conversation using the official hashtag #3x3WT.

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ABOUT FIBA 3×3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
On June 9 2017, 3×3 was addded to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3×3’s Founding Partner.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Sport Court’s floors with Schelde backstops and Magic Sky canopies, and benefit from Wilson’s innovative and specially-made ball for 3×3.
For further information about 3×3, visit fiba3x3.basketball, FIBA 3×3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube or contact 3×3@fiba.com.


Press release sent by FIBA

Rosters confirmed on eve of FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017

 FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017
91 Tomoya Ochiai (JPN) – Japan v Turkey, 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Championships – Men, Pool, 11 October 2016
ULAANBAATAR (FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017) – The finalized rosters of the 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams participating at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 27-29 have been confirmed.

With the action set to start on Friday October 27 with the qualifying draw, all rosters have been trimmed to 4 players.

Click on the teams below to view the full rosters:
Men’s Category
Qualifying Draw A: 
Turkmenistan, Australia, Malaysia
Qualifying Draw B: Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, India
Pool A: Japan, Bahrain, Mongolia
Pool B: New Zealand, Qatar, Qualifying Draw A Winners
Pool C: Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Qualifying Draw B Winners
Pool D: China, Kyrgyzstan, Qualifying Draw Best Second

Women’s Category
Pool A: Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei, Australia
Pool B: China, Sri Lanka, Mongolia
Pool C: Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Qatar
Pool D: Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, India

Stay up-to-date on the official website, watch the livestream on Youtube.com/FIBA3x3 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @FIBA3x3 for reactions, photos, livescores and more. Start the conversation using the official hashtag #3x3Asia.
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ABOUT FIBA 3×3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
On June 9 2017, 3×3 was addded to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3×3’s Founding Partner.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Sport Court’s floors with Schelde backstops and Magic Sky canopies, and benefit from Wilson’s innovative and specially-made ball for 3×3.
For further information about 3×3, visit fiba3x3.basketball, FIBA 3×3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube or contact 3×3@fiba.com.

FIBA Hall of Fame’s 2017 Class Inducted

FIBA Hall of Fame's 2017 Class inducted
MIES, Switzerland – The 2017 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame was inducted on Saturday night at the House of Basketball, FIBA’s headquarters on the outskirts of Geneva.
Seven world-class basketball personalities and, for the first time ever, a team, were enshrined in a ceremony held in the Naismith Arena, FIBA’s exhibition space named after the inventor of basketball.
The 2017 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame consists of:
PLAYERS
Mickey Berkowitz (Israel)
Pero Cameron (New Zealand)
Toni Kukoc (Croatia)
Razija Mujanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Shaquille O’Neal (USA)*
Valdis Valters (Latvia)
COACH
Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia)
TEAM
Dream Team (USA)
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “It is with tremendous pride that we induct these great basketball personalities into FIBA’s Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. They have positively impacted our sport and assisted its growth in the four corners of the world for many years. 2017 is an important year as it marks FIBA’s 85th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the FIBA Hall of Fame. It also means it has been 25 years since the Dream Team amazed us all at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. 
We normally would not induct a team into the FIBA Hall of Fame but we are making an exception for the Dream Team because of its outstanding contribution to the development of international basketball. Congratulations to all of the inductees that make up the 2017 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame for receiving this well-deserved honor.”
* Was unable to attend the ceremony
About the FIBA Hall of FameThe primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame (fiba.basketball/hall-of-fame) is to reflect the history of the sport and its personalities. The key criterion for selection into the FIBA Hall of Fame is an outstanding achievement at the international level and contribution to the development of basketball.

The FIBA Hall of Fame was officially inaugurated on March 1, 2007.

About FIBA

FIBA (fiba.basketball) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Video: Ravena and Teng Plays Well but Chooks To Go Pilipinas Still Bows to Palestine

Chooks To Go Pilipinas’ First Road Block

Photo by FIBA.com

After winning their first game, Chooks to Go Pilipinas suffered their first loss in the hands of Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine with the score of  89-82.
First quarter drought proved to be too much for the Philippine team, as they were relegated to chasing the Palestine all game long. Sareyyet Ramallah overall played well against the Philippines shooting 41% against 38% of the Philippines, they also attempted 12 more shots and has converted 10 of their 26 three-point attempts.
Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng were the bright spots for the Philippines contributing a combined 42 points but their contribution wasn’t enough to withstand Palestine. Isaiah Austin had nothing special going on scoring only 13 points with 8 rebounds while falling short on his 3 three-point attempts.
Palestine was just too much for the young Philippine team as they were outrebounded (50-46), out-assisted (16-10) and overall outplayed by the better Palestinian team.
The Philippine team now falls to 1 win and 1 loss and is scheduled to face Mono Vampire of Thailand next.
PALESTINE 89 – Weeden 22, Abu Shamala 21, O’Brien 20, G. Habbash 14, Sakanini 10, El Diraoui 2, Sahwani 0, K. Habash 0, I Habash 0
PHILIPPINES 82 – Ravena 24, Jeron Teng 18, Austin 13, Cruz 8, Jose 8, Revilla 6, Manuel 3, Tamsi 2, Torres 0, Jeric Teng 0
Watch the highlights below.

Goran Dragic Led Slovenia to its First FIBA EuroBasket Championship Win

Slovenia crowned European champions for the first time

Goran Dragic Led Slovenia to its first FIBA EuroBasket Championship Win

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

ISTANBUL, Turkey (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – Slovenia have been crowned European champions, for the first time in their history, defeating Serbia 93-85 in Sunday’s FIBA EuroBasket Final in front of 12,095 fans in Sinan Erdem Arena.
Led by tournament MVP Goran Dragic, whose 26 first-half points had Slovenia up 56-47 at half-time, they had to weather a second-half rally from Serbia, which began when 18-year-old wunderkind Luka Doncic limped off with an ankle injury.
With Dragic joining Doncic on the bench late in the game with cramps, Klemen Prepelic stepped up and Slovenia was able to maintain their composure, coming up with an answer for everything a desperate Serbian side threw at them.
Earlier in the day, Spanish legend Juan Carlos Navarro signed off his storied national team career with a bronze medal around his neck, as Spain held off a fast-finishing Russia, 93-85. Pau Gasol, who had earlier in the tournament become the FIBA EuroBasket all-time leading scorer, finished the game with a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Gasol’s fantastic play throughout the tournament did not go unnoticed, with a spot in the All-Star Five awaiting him. Doncic was also rewarded for his performances in his maiden FIBA EuroBasket, earning a spot alongside his tournament roommate Dragic on the team. Rounding out the All-Star Five were Serbian leader Bogdan Bogdanovic and Russia’s Aleksei Shved.

Digital at the Heart of FIBA and Tissot’s Expanded 5-Year Partnership

Spain’s Pau Gasol receives a watch from Tissot President François ThiĂ©baud to reward him for his MVP performance at FIBA EuroBasket 2015
LE LOCLE/MIES, Switzerland – FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, and Tissot, a leading Swiss watch manufacturer from the Swatch Group, on September 8, 2017, have indicated that an increased involvement in digital is at the heart of a renewed five-year partnership which sees them enter international basketball’s new era together.
Under the agreement – in place until 2021 – Tissot’s presence across FIBA’s digital assets will be significantly heightened and the brand will serve as Presenting Partner for mobile apps devised for basketball’s world governing body’s premier properties.
Additionally, Tissot will present the newly-created Buzzer Beater clips featuring the most spectacular baskets scored at the buzzer during FIBA competitions which are available to fans across FIBA digital platforms.
It will also supply the new Tissot Timing & Scoring system – which includes innovative shot clocks, as featured in the NBA – for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Through its Swatch Group sister company Swiss Timing, Tissot will continue to deliver both timing and scoring services for FIBA’s leading properties including the first-ever 32-team edition of its flagship competition in China, as well as the 2017 and 2021 editions of FIBA EuroBasket. It will also provide live results services on official FIBA competitions websites.
Tissot will enjoy extensive visibility around the court as well as on TV, thanks to on-screen credits displayed in connection with scores, data and statistics of games at all FIBA competitions.
As Presenter of the MVP – the Most Valuable Player – for respective competitions, Tissot will also activate exclusive sporting-related assets by offering engraved watches as awards to the best players.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: “Our partnership with Tissot has delivered great benefits over the years. In part that is because of the similarities we share: both FIBA and Tissot are based in Switzerland and both have strong global ambitions. After nearly a decade together, we consider Tissot to be more than a partner. They are a part of the FIBA Family. We look forward to having Tissot at our side as we enter this new era in our sport and work so that basketball can get the most out of our expansion in digital technology.”
Tissot President François ThiĂ©baud said: “We are not only proud to continue our partnership with FIBA, but also to share sporting values together as we do with the other sports we are committed to, with our commitment to basketball going back to 2008 and reinforced by our partnership with the NBA since 2015. Basketball is not just a great sport with a global appeal, it is a sport where the players provide a lot of emotion that can be shared by the fans. Thanks to FIBA for serving the highest level of basketball and to the players and fans for the enjoyment we will share in the coming years.”
As part of the agreement, Tissot is a designated FIBA Partner – FIBA’s premium tier of global partnership – and as such is granted exclusive rights in the product category of watches, clocks and timing/scoring system services across all of FIBA’s international competitions. This includes the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and its Qualifiers, the FIBA Continental Cups (Men and Women) 2017 and 2021, the FIBA Continental Cups 2021 Qualifiers, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (Men and Women) 2020 and the FIBA U17/U19 Basketball World Cups (Men and Women).
The agreement was brokered by FIBA Marketing, an innovative strategic partnership between FIBA and Infront Sports & Media.
About FIBA
FIBA (fiba.basketball) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

For further information about FIBA, visit fiba.basketball or follow FIBA onfacebook.com/fiba, twitter.com/fiba, instagram.com/fiba and youtube.com/fiba.
About Tissot
The plus sign in the logo symbolises the Swiss quality and reliability Tissot has shown since 1853. The watches, sold in more than 160 countries, are authentic, accessible and use special materials, advanced functionalities and meticulous design. Tissot stands by its signature, Innovators by Tradition. The high calibre of the brand has been repeatedly recognised. Tissot has been named Official Timekeeper and Partner of many disciplines, including, basketball with the NBA and FIBA; cycling with the Tour de France and the UCI World Cycling Championships; motorsports with MotoGPTM and the FIM World Superbike Championship and rugby with the RBS 6 Nations Championship, TOP14, the European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups. It is also the Official Timekeeper of the World Championships of fencing and ice hockey and of the AFL. http://www.tissotwatches.com

Dream Team, Shaq and Kukoc headline 2017 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame Inductees

Dream Team, Shaq and Kukoc headline 2017 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame Inductees

MIES, Switzerland (FIBA Hall of Fame) – The USA’s Dream Team, Shaquille O’Neal and Toni Kukoc headline a star-studded list of world class basketball personalities from seven different countries across three continents that make up the FIBA Hall of Fame’s 2017 Class of Inductees.
The Dream Team was the United States of Americas’ first-ever Olympic basketball team to feature active NBA players. It is widely regarded as the greatest team ever assembled in all of sport as it consisted of legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone as well as 2013 FIBA Hall of Fame Inductee David Robinson.
The Dream Team
The Honors Committee of the FIBA Hall of Fame exceptionally decided to reward the outstanding contributions of the team to international basketball on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its remarkable appearance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where it won the gold medal.
O’Neal (USA) and Kukoc (Croatia) are among six former players being enshrined, alongside Mickey Berkowitz (Israel), Pero Cameron (New Zealand), Rajiza Mujanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Valdis Valters (Latvia). Joining them is coaching great Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia). They were selected from a list of more than 150 candidates.
They will be inducted in FIBA’s Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the House of Basketball – the headquarters of basketball’s world governing body on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland – on Saturday September 30.
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “The 2017 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame distinguishes itself for the impressive amount of success these personalities have experienced on the court for their respective countries. We congratulate them for all of their glorious moments and look forward to honoring them and welcoming them as the latest class of FIBA Hall of Fame inductees. We are especially pleased to enshrine the Dream Team 25 years after they stepped on the world stage and revolutionized basketball across the globe.”
Here is the full list of inductees that make up the 2017 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame:
TEAM
Dream Team (USA)
PLAYERS
Mickey Berkowitz (Israel)
Pero Cameron (New Zealand)
Toni Kukoc (Croatia)
Razija Mujanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Shaquille O’Neal (USA)
Valdis Valters (Latvia)
COACH
Dusan Ivkovic (Serbia)
Leading up to the Induction Ceremony, profiles on every one of the inductees will appear on FIBA.basketball.
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About the FIBA Hall of Fame
The primary goal of the FIBA Hall of Fame (
fiba.basketball/hall-of-fame) is to reflect the history of the sport and its personalities. The key criterion for selection into the FIBA Hall of Fame is outstanding achievement at the international level and contribution to the development of basketball.
The FIBA Hall of Fame was officially inaugurated on March 1 2007.

South Korea Rained Down Threes and Soaked Up Gilas Pilipinas’ Campaign to Drain

After 3 Straight Wins, Gilas Pilipinas Bow Down from the Tournament 

South Korea is a better team than Gilas Pilipinas

Sure, we were expecting a lot more work from our national team especially for a knockout game against South Korea who has tormented the Philippines for a long time.
All hopes were high after a great showing from the Gilas Pilipinas in their first three games as an undermanned Gilas displayed resilience under pressure but Korea showed no mercy as they pounded the Philippines inside and out.
66% FG shooting including 16/21 three pointers. No teams including the Philippines would make it out winning under these circumstances.  From the get go, the Koreans led and never trailed a single second as quarter after quarter they led the game.

Romeo the bright spot that turned dimmed

The second half was the only bright spot that we had as we were able to produce 31 big points to at least match the production of south Korea. Terrence Romeo took over the game and scored a total of 22 points in the quarter.

Defense, Defense where is the defense?

Offensively, I think we were okay although it can still be improved especially in the first and the third quarter where we slacked off and scored 18 and 13 points respectively while allowing the Koreans 26 and 29. Our biggest weakness last night was defense. We allowed the Koreans to score not only outside but also on the inside. The Koreans showed brilliance in offensive executions.
The game ended with the score of 118 – 86 in favor of the hot shooting Koreans who now will face Iran in the Semis of the FIBA Asia Cup.

Simple Stand: The Tale of Christian Standhardinger 16 Points Game Against Iraq

Not Flashy but Effective, Standhardinger Delivers the Goods

Christian Standhardinger 16 Points Game Against Iraq

A flashy layup or dunk has the equivalent points as a simple jump shot. Standhardinger doesn’t have the prettiest basketball stance, his shot looks awkward but don’t be deceived as this 28-year Filipino German is as effective as German Engineering.
The Philippine team was having a hard time scoring some points against Iraq especially in the first half but there is one man that kept us at bay and was able to grind it in shot after shot. Standhardinger was a workhorse against Iraq contributing a total of 16 points while grabbing 7 rebounds as he helped Gilas Pilipinas captured its second win with the score of  84-68.
Here is the sample highlights on how Simple Stan scores a basket:

Highlights: The Persistent Scorer, No One is Stopping Terrence Romeo from Taking the Shots

From 1/7 FG  to Team Leading Scorer, Terrence Romeo scored 17 points

Photo by: FIBA.com

Terrence Romeo has a scoring mentality 

Gilas Pilipinas and Iraq was having a bad start as both teams had miserable shooting night in the first half of their match-up. Terrence Romeo was one the players responsible for the shooting slump as he ended up the first half with just 1/7 FG. 
Most players would shy away from shooting in the second half and would accept a bad night but not Terrence. He ended throwing 8 more shots in the second half and taking them during the critical points in the ball game. 
It was a good gamble as he was able to convert them to points and surprisingly ended up as the team leading scorer with 17 points.  Romeo was defiant in accepting defeat and was very confident that he could turn his game around, his scoring mentality paid off as he was able to help his team get past Iraq with the score of  84- 68.

Here are some of Romeo’s highlights during the game against Iraq.
Terrence high off the glass layup against defender.

Terrence Romeo Steals and Reversed the shot

After Defeat from Philippines, China Crushed Qatar to Get 1st Win

Photo by:FIBA.com
Beirut, Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex, Lebanon – After losing to the Philippines, China had no room for another defeat as they easily dismantled Qatar with the score of 92-67 showing that they are a strong team in the competition.
China led all the way and never gave Qatar any opportunity as they led the scoring in every quarter of the game including the fourth quarter were China scored their quarter high with 33 points against 17 points of Qatar.
China Ailun Guo scored a game high of 30 points and carried his team to a much-needed victory. China had a good shooting night with 48.9%.

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Watch Raymond Almazan with the Rim Rocker Courtesy of Jayson Castro

Castro feeds Almazan for a one handed slam dunk!

At 15 minutes of play, Raymond Almazan delivered a perfect game scoring 9 points on 3/3 shooting. Almazan was playing back up minutes for Japeth Aguilar but man, he was able to give Gilas a much needed a boost off the bench, including this rim rattling dunk courtesy of the best point guard in Asia Jayson Castro.

Highlights: FIBA Asia Cup: Undermanned Gilas Defeats China with 58% FG Shooting, Romeo’s the Hero

Gilas Pilipinas Wins Against China 96 -87

Photo by: FIBA.com Asia Cup
In the very first assignment of the Philippines in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, Gilas Pilipinas came in the game undermanned but on fire as the national team played like a well-oiled machine defeating the defending champion China.
Big man, JunMar Fajardo’s service wasn’t needed against China as the team started the game hot and was shooting really well. The Philippines scored a total of 53 points in the first half against 39 points of China.
In the 3rd quarter, China suddenly caught fire and their three point shooting suddenly connected. They had a huge 3rd quarter scoring 31 points that continued on the mid part of the fourth quarter. China is on a run and was able to capture the lead late in the fourth quarter.
The Philippines needed some scoring and the defense of China inside was getting tighter by the minute. This was when fearless Terrence Romeo took over the game with crucial shots after another. Romeo ended up scoring with a game high of 26 points.  Castro contributed 13 points,  Standhardinger with 15 and Matthew Wright with 12.
Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood manned the defensive end with a combined 8 of the total 9 blocks of Gilas.
Guo Ailun led China with 18 points.

Gilas Pilipinas will play against Iraq on August 11 at 16:00. 
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Who will be the best player tomorrow for Gilas?

Still Terrence Romeo
Calvin Abueva
Japeth Aguilar
Jayson Castro
Christian Standhardinger
Matthew Wright
Jio Jalalon
Others

Do Riddles

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Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

We know that you are as excited as we are, here is the schedule of the Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017! 
Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas Schedule for FIBA Asia Cup

Group Phase (Group B)
August 9, 6:30 pm vs China
August 11, 9:00 pm vs Iraq
August 13, 9:00 pm vs Qatar
The Top Team from each Group will automatically advance to the quarterfinals while No. 2 and No. 3 will play in the Qualification to Quarterfinals
Qualification to Quarterfinals – Aug 14/15
Quarterfinals – Aug 16/17
Semifinals – Aug 19
Finals – Aug 20