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Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D

By: - Reporter / @MusongINQ
/ 08:26 PM March 16, 2019

Yeng Guiao coaches Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.basketball

It may not exactly be the “Group of Death,” but Gilas Pilipinas still fell into a very tough group that had coach Yeng Guiao describing his boys as “the overwhelming underdogs.”

Team Philippines fell into Group D together with Angola, Italy and 2014 World Cup runner-up Serbia after glitzy proceedings held Saturday night in Shenzhen, China.

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“We are the overwhelming underdogs against any of those teams,” Guiao said over the phone. “But we won’t go there just to participate. We will give a good account of ourselves.”

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Team USA, which is trying to become the first side to win the World Cup three straight times, is in Group E and is listed as the favorite to triumph.

Top Asian team Australia is in Group F together with Canada, Senegal and Lithuania. The World Cup starts Aug. 31 and will be played in eight cities in China until Sept. 15.

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