The Philippines, meanwhile, tangles with Qatar on August 6 also at 8:30 p.m., then against Hong Kong on August 7 at the same time and venue. The 27th FIBA Asia Championship 2013(August 7, 2013): Philippines vs Hong Kong
A clash with Hong Kong kicks off Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ second round campaign in 27th Fiba Asia men’s Championships starting on Wednesday. The Filipinos, who wound up second after the opening round, are set to face the Hong Kong at 8:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena as the tournament resumes @ 2013 27th FIBA Asia championship qualifying round.
Hong Kong is bracketed in Group B with Japan and Qatar. Lebanon would’ve been the top favorite in Group B but was scratched out due to FIBA’s suspension of the Lebanese Basketball Federation for government intervention and internal squabbling. Since the top three of each group advance to the second round after the initial round of eliminations, Hong Kong has a free ride even if it loses to Japan and Qatar. That means Hong Kong will play the top three of Group A in the second round and a game against host Philippines is a sure bet as Gilas is expected to advance. The Philippines is in Group A with Jordan, Chinese-Taipei and Saudi Arabia.
Hong Kong hasn’t played at the FIBA-Asia Championships since finishing 13th of 16 in Tokushima in 2007. The team posted a 3-4 record with wins over Syria, 104-100, United Arab Emirates, 87-64 and Kuwait, 72-66. At the recent East Asia qualifiers, Hong Kong gained a ticket to Manila despite a 1-3 record. Hong Kong edged Mongolia, 76-73, before bowing to Korea in the semifinals and Japan, 87-71, in the playoff for third. Hong Kong has played in 24 FIBA-Asia Championships since 1960, never tasted a podium finish and is tied with Algeria at No. 71 in the FIBA world standings.
Hong Kong is guaranteed to play five games in Manila but may not win a single contest as it plays Japan and Qatar in the first round then battles likely top three Group A finishers Philippines, Jordan and Chinese-Taipei in the second round.
Recap: Philippines 80, Qatar 70 — Both teams will be advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament. That didn’t preclude their naturalized citizens from putting on a show Tuesday morning, though, as both Marcus Douthit and Jarvis Hayes stood out in the second-round finale.
UPDATE: The Philippines, meanwhile, tangles with Qatar on August 6 also at 8:30 p.m., then against Hong Kong on August 7 at the same time and venue. Smart Gilas Pilipinas fell to Taiwan 79-84 on Saturday night as the Taiwanese assumed top spot in group A. Pairings for dreaded knockout quarterfinals will be determined after the second round.
2011 finalist Jordan faces Qatar at 10:30 p.m. in the opening day of the second round before Taiwan takes on lowly Hong Kong at 3 p.m. in other group E action. In group F, defending titlist China will have its mettle tested right away as it squares off against Kazakhstan on Monday at 5:45 p.m. Iran, meanwhile, takes on India at 12:45 p.m. then South Korea and Bahrain are scheduled to cap the day with a 10:30 p.m. tussle.