The heat is back on for basketball fans as the days come closer for the most awaited FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. While all eyes are fixed for the judgment days on July 5 to 10, the Philippine team is in for a series of tune up events including a faceoff with Asia’s powerhouse team, Iran in the Gilas Road to Glory on June 8 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum, live on TV5. Gilas Road to Glory is in preparation for the FIBA OQT that will decide the remaining slots for the Men’s Basketball event in the most coveted RIO 2016 Olympic Games.
After Gilas’ fateful triumph against the mighty contenders of Iran last year, the Pinoy national team is set for a surely exciting home court tune up game. Gilas’ win over the towering Iranian basketball heroes in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship was the first time in recent history that placed the Philippines in a fashionably victorious finish in Group E. With a score of 87 – 73, team Gilas swept off Iran, one of Asia’s strongest teams and then defending champion. The faceoff between Iran and the Philippines in the coming Gilas Road to Glory is an opportunity for the Philippine team to defend their win from their last match and at the same time a great occasion to test the team as they go against one of their biggest and strongest opponents before their much bigger fight in the FIBA OQT. Pinoy basketball fans will surely enjoy watching live the mighty Gilas home court heroes as they go head to head with the Iranian team who gave them their hard earned victory during the FIBA Asia Championship. Tickets for the Gilas Road to Glory: Philippines vs. Iran are now on sale through Ticketnet outlets.
Aside from the sure action in the exciting tune up game between the Philippines and Iran, what most Pinoy basketball fans is excited to know is the official final 12 Gilas line up. Catch this awaited revelation in the Gilas Road to Glory Final 12 Show on June 26, 6:30pm-7:30pm live on TV5.
Another tune up game to watch out for in the Gilas Road to Glory is Philippines vs. Turkey on July 1, 7pm at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Turkey is one of the teams coming to Manila for the FIBA OQT in July, together with France, Canada, Senegal and New Zealand. The Turkish team is part of Group A to compete with Canada during the FIBA OQT opening day on July 5 and with Senegal on July 7.
Gilas Road to Glory is a call for the country’s support for the Philippine team in their tune up games as they prepare for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Buy your tickets now at Ticketnet outlets and for ticket inquiries contact 911-5555 or check www.ticketnet.com.ph. Witness as Gilas Pilipinas play against powerhouse teams, Iran and Turkey. Catch the live action on TV5 and updates at Sports5.ph.