The Gilas Pilipinas' first game in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup is against the defending champion China.
This is a rematch of the 2015 championship game, where the China defeated the Philippines 78-67.
Without naturalized player Andray Blatche (personal) and June Mar Fajardo (injury), the 12-man Philippine team is lead by high-scoring guards Jayson William, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.
The Chinese team will parade 7-footers (Li Muhao and Han Dejun), 6-foot-11 Hu Jinqiu and 4 other players taller than 6-foot-5. They also have 23-year-old Guo Ailun, probably the team's best player.
Who will win the rematch? Watch the game live online. Check the details below.
2017 FIBA Asia Cup: China vs. Philippines Game InfoHere's the details for China vs. Gilas Pilipinas in 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
- Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
- Start Time: 6:30 PM (Philippine Standard Time)
- Venue: Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon
- TV and Cable Info: TV5 and AksyonTV
- Statistics: FIBA.com
- Live Stream: Sports5.ph / LiveBasketball.TV
- August 9: Gilas Pilipinas vs. China at 6:30 pm
- August 11: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Iraq at 9:00 pm
- August 13: Gilas Pilipinas vs. Qatar at 9:00 pm
VIEW: 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Full Schedule, Results and Standings