Tough Fiba Asia U18 bracket for Filipinos | Inquirer Sports

Tough Fiba Asia U18 bracket for Filipinos

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 02:35 AM July 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—The Energen Pilipinas under-18 team braces for a tough start in the Fiba Asia U18 tournament after getting grouped with some of the regional heavyweights yesterday.

The Philippines was bracketed in Group D with two-time champion and Asian powerhouse Iran, 2008 runner-up Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia for the preliminary round of the world qualifier set on August 17 to 26 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Mentored by Olsen Racela, the young Nationals will be led by under-16 holdover Jay Alejandro.

The Philippines earned a berth in the tournament after completing a title sweep of the 8th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) U18 Championship for Men in Singapore last month.

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Defending champion China is in Group A along with Hong Kong, Lebanon and South Asia champion India in Group A.

Korea, runner-up to China in the last edition in 2010, will square off with Japan, Singapore and Syria in Group B.

Host Mongolia opted to join Group C teams Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Bahrain.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the Fiba U19 World Championship set in the Czech Republic from June 27 to July 7, 2013.

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