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Gilas to face Congo, Ivory Coast, and maybe Spain, for World Cup preps


With just a month to go before the Fiba World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas will be able to test its mettle as it sees action in a pocket tournament in Spain.

The national team is set to fly to Madrid on August 4 and will travel to Guadalajara to play Congo and Ivory Coast in back-to-back practice matches.

The national team will then head to Malaga where it will face Congo again, this time in a mini tournament, with the winner facing the victor between Ivory Coast and Spain.

Should the Philippines tangle with Spain, it will get a real taste of what to expect in the World Cup against Serbia and Italy – teams reinforced by NBA players.

Gilas will not be at full strength as it misses the services of PBA stars who will stay in the country to play in the Commissioner’s Cup finals.