Gilas Pilipinas fell into a highly competitive Fiba World Cup bracket, prompting coach Yeng Guiao to describe the national team as “the overwhelming underdogs.”
Gilas Pilipinas will have some fierce competition as it was grouped with European powerhouses and a perrennial AfroBasket champion in the group stage of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
On the court, they are not Serb, Albanian or Roma. The lanky teenage boys are all members of Play 017 -- a basketball team bridging ethnic divides in southern Serbia.
Ricci Rivero will lead the Phillipines in the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup in Xi'an, China slated from October 3 to 7.
Ricci Rivero be like: What's the point of shorts if they're not short?”
Ricci Rivero has a special company to spend with while training in Serbia.
Ricci Rivero enjoys his quick sight-seeing Serbia before heading the rigorous training camp.
After a massive off-season haul to their roster, the UP Fighting Maroons head to Serbia where the young team can improve their skills and techniques.