Good news? Gilas Pilipinas can still qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Here’s how
Gilas Pilipinas failed to advance in the Round of 16 in the Fiba World Cup in China, and so did all Asian nations, making the outright Olympic slot still up for grabs.
China, the last Asian country standing, was given the boot by Venezuela in a 72-59 decision on Wednesday.
Only the highest-placed Asian team will book the ticket to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
To get that ticket, Gilas will have to be the top Asian team in the classification round, where they were relegated alongside Angola. The two countries are bracketed in the newly-formed Group N with Iran, which also lost all three of its games in Group C, and Tunisia, which nearly shocked Puerto Rico to end the first round.
All teams will carry over their group stage record to the classification stage.
China is grouped with another Asian powerhouse in South Korea in Group M. Nigeria and Ivory Coast are also looking to fight for that single berth from Africa as they complete in that group.
Gilas will have to beat Tunisia on Friday and Iran on Sunday and hope that China loses both its games against Nigeria and Korea. If that happens, Gilas will finish with an overall record of 2-3 while China will finish at 1-4. If Gilas ties China at 2-3, China will most likely get the nod due to point differential, unless the hosts lose ones of their classification games by a margin large enough to eclipse Gilas’ average losing margin.
The other Asian teams have to also finish with only one win at the most.
Jordan is bracketed in Group P with Canada, Senegal and Germany while Japan is bracketed in Group O with Turkey, Montenegro and New Zealand.
Being the host country, Japan is already assured of a slot in the Olympics.
Another window for Gilas’ Olympic dream is the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. To qualify for that, Gilas needs to finish within the Top 24.
Only four teams from the OQT will be able to join the eight other countries in Tokyo.