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FIBA Asia 2013: What Every Hoops Fan Needs To Know

Come out, and show your support for Gilas Pilipinas! But before that, know about the tourney itself.
by Gelo Gonzales | Jul 26, 2013
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For the first time in 40 years, the Philippines will be hosting the FIBA Asia Championship. The last time was in 1973 when luminaries such as Bogs Adornado, Mon Fernandez, Robert Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz, and Abet Guidaben led the country to a championship, the country’s fourth, after victories in 1960, 1963, and 1967.

Twelve years later, our national team would recapture gold in 1985. Since then though the best finish we’ve had is fourth place, happening on two occasions: 1987 and 2011. We’ve shown promise in recent international play, which is why we’re pretty pumped to go out and cheer this year. We’re sure you are, too!

So, without further ado, here are some must-know details for the upcoming games in the form of 10 questions.

First and foremost, where can we get tickets?

The tickets for the games that will run from August 1 to 11 have been available to the public since June 27, 2013. You can buy via or by visiting any SM Ticket outlet. You may also inquire at (02) 470-2222.

                   Or you can ask this guy. Your chances are better if he's, you know, actually your friend

Can we book tickets all the way up to the last games on August 11?
No, ticket releases are staggered. Currently, only dates from August 1 to August 3 are available, with subsequent play dates made available as they near.

How much would they cost me?
Definitely a lot less than what it would cost to pay for a ticket in that NBA Preseason Game on October 10. For the opening rounds, games will be divided into morning and evening sessions, with three matches per session. The sessions where the Philippine team will be participating will cost from P100 to P1,500. The games without the home team will cost from P100 to P300.

Be fast though. Currently, many of the Philippine games have sold out. Our tip: Get ready to click “buy” once the new batch of game tickets become available.

If I didn’t want to watch live, where can I catch the games?
If you’re a true basketball fan, the only reason you shouldn’t watch live is when all the tickets have been sold. In this case you may catch the coverage of the Gilas-Pilipinas national team and the FIBA-Asia Championship on BTV and Sports 5, formerly AKTV.

                                                                           Doon daw, sabi ni Marc

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