Smart Gilas will face its toughest challenge today as they were scheduled to meet the current leader in Asian basketball, the Chinese National Basketball team on their first assignment in the 4th FIBA Asia Cup today, September 14, 2012.
The Philippines will go up against China at around 3:30 PM (PST) against an unknown but definitely a strong Chinese side who wanted to redeem their dismal performance during the 2012 London Olympics.
According to the coaching staff of the Philippines they have no idea of whom the Chinese line-ups they will be facing with. They were unsure of the composition of the Chinese players that will be fielded for they have not seen the Chinese in actions since arriving in Japan.
The Philippines was considered as a threat by the other Asian Teams as they were able to gain momentum in the recently held 34th Jones Cup where the Smart Gilas topped the competition defeating powerhouse China, Iran, Japan and South Korea.
The Smart Gilas is also a title-contender in the competition as they finished as one of the semi-finalist during the 2010 edition of the former Stankovic Cup which change it’s name into FIBA Asia Cup.
After the Chinese they were also scheduled to meet the former title-holder, Lebanon with the come backing sensational player Fadi El-Khatib. Lebanon was also bannered by naturalized Jarid Famous, a former PBA import and they were the only team who defeated Smart Gilas during the 34th Jones Cup.
The Smart Gilas vs. China game will be shown live through AKTV and we will be doing our live coverage of the game.