The 2013 Manila FIBA Asia Championship live coverage for men's basketball is all set for Aug. 1 kickoff in the Philippines. The 15-nation tournament serves as the qualifying for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, although host nation Philippines and 2012 FIBA Asia Cup champions Iran were automatically qualified.
Beirut was the original host of the tournament but lost the hosting rights citing security concerns over the neighboring Syrian civil war. Lebanon was sanctioned by FIBA later that ended reducing the tournaments to 15 teams.
China, Iran, South Korea and Philippines are the few of the favorites to win this year's FIBA Asia Championship. Iran is lead by priced center Hamed Haddadi and winger Samad Nikkhah Bahrami having the team won the Williams Jones Cup last month in Taipei.
China doesn't have their starnor but they have their basketball legend Wang Zhizhi. Although his old at 36 but he still can inflict danger to the opposition.
The host team Smart Gilas Philippines however is much improved team having winning international championships in the past two years. led by naturalized player Marcus Douthit along with Japeth Aguilar, Jimmy Alapag, Gabe Norwood and Jones Cup MVP LA Tenorio. Gilas won the 2012 Jones Cup in Taipei and 2013 Super Keung Seung Cup in Hong Kong.
The top three teams in the bracket group points table will advance to the second round. Group C is tabbed by as the “Group of Death” with draws of Iran, China and South Korea in the same group although this teams are expected to advanced the second round.
Group A - Jordan, Chinese Taipei, Saudi Arabia, Philippines
Group B - Japan, Qatar, Hong Kong
Group C - China, Korea, Iran, Malaysia
Group D - Kazakhstan, Thailand, India, Bahrain
Manila last hosted and won the FIBA Asia tournament then known as the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship in 1973. The schedule of games will be held between Mall of Asia Arena (MOA Arena) and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium as the venue for the tournament.
Check this page later for Manila FIBA Asia Championship live updates, schedules, group standing results and highlights.
Iran def. Malaysia, 115–25
Chinese Taipei def. Jordan, 91-87
Qatar def. Japan, 75-74
Bahrain def. India, 82-80 OT
Philippines def. Saudi Arabia, 78-66
South Korea def. China, 63-59
Kazakhstan def. Thailand, 81-67
Chinese Taipei def. Saudi Arabia, 90- 67
Philippines def. Jordan, 77-71
Japan def. Hong Kong, 76-59
China def. Malaysia, 113-22
Iran def. Korea, 76-65
India def. Thailand, 89-65
Kazakhstan def. Bahrain, 79-76 OT
Korea def. Malaysia, 80-58
Chinese Taipei def. Philippines, 84-79
Jordan def. Saudi Arabia, 63-47
Qatar def. Hong Kong, 87-64
Iran def. China, 70-51
Kazakhstan def. India, 80-67
Bahrain def. Thailand, 86-62
Group A - Taiwan, Philippines and Jordan advance to 2nd round
Group B - Qatar, Japan and Hongkong advance to 2nd round
Group C - Iran, Korea, China advance to 2nd round
Group D - Kazakhstan, Bahrain, India advance to 2nd round