PH world basketball bid suffers blow
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ chances to gain a seat in the World Basketball Championship suffered a blow Thursday after host Lebanon released the schedule of the qualifying tournament that would run smack into the PBA calendar.
The tournament will be held Aug. 1 to 11 next year, with the top three finishers earning spots in the World Championship in Spain in 2014.
The schedule would give Smart Gilas-Pilipinas, which is made up of PBA superstars and naturalized center Marcus Douthit, very little time to prepare since the pro league would just be ending its Governors’ Cup at that time.
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