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Gilas to fly to Spain for Fiba World Cup buildup

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Miles Morales

Gilas Pilipinas is looking to play in a pocket tournament in Spain as part of its preparation for the upcoming Fiba World Cup.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio said a plan to play at least two games in Russia has now been shelved, prompting team manager Gabby Cui to arrange instead a four-team, pocket tournament in Europe.

Panlilio said Gilas will play the national teams of Spain, Ivory Coast, and Congo in the meet which could likely be in August.

“Based on the schedule we (SBP) submitted to the PBA, yun ang naka-calendar doon – practice games and a mini-tournament in Spain,” said Panlilio after the meeting presided by league chairman Ricky Vargas.