SBP eyeing favorable draw to reach world cup knockout stage–and maybe Olympics

The Philippines will be trying to hit two birds with one stone when it campaigns for the second straight time in the Fiba World Cup starting Aug. 31. "We wish to get to a grouping where we [will] have a great chance to advance [to the second round]," Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio told the Inquirer in an overseas call from Shenzhen, China, where the draw for the 32-team spectacle will be held Saturday afternoon. And then there's another objective which the draw could also determine for the Philippines. "Remember, the top Asian team [will] qualify for the Tokyo Olympics [next year]," Panlilio added. "I believe this is a far objective, too." For the secon...

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