Gilas Pilipinas is all set to make history with their home-court advantage at the upcoming World Cup. After a gap of 45 years, the team is eager to provide a memorable performance to their fans and secure a spot in the Olympics. It’s not just about winning; the squad wants to avoid the heartbreak it suffered during their last home game when they couldn’t capitalize on their host status.

Back in 1978, the Philippines was granted an outright spot in the semi-finals for hosting the tournament. The team had excellent potential but failed to win a single game, finishing eighth overall. This year’s Gilas team is different, with some of the best players in their lineup, including NBA star Jordan Clarkson. Young and talented guns Kai Sotto and AJ Edu, along with PBA MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Scottie Thompson, are also part of the team’s impressive roster. Gilas aims to surpass the preliminary rounds, en route to achieving a feat they haven’t accomplished since the 1978 World Cup.

It’s an exciting and challenging start for Gilas Pilipinas as they take on the Dominican Republic, their first opponent in the World Cup. The two teams had previously met in the 1978 edition of the tournament held in Manila. Back then, the Dominican Republic did not perform well, losing all of its five assignments and finishing 12th overall. However, much has changed since then, and the Caribbean nation, now ranked No. 23 in the world, is aiming to improve on its 2-3 record in the preliminaries during the last World Cup held in China, where it finished 16th overall.

The Philippine team, on the other hand, faced a nightmare in the last World Cup, failing to win a single game and finishing at the bottom of the standings, placing 32nd in the tournament. This time around, Gilas is determined to avoid a similar fate. They will start their campaign against the Dominican Republic in the opening game at the Philippine Arena at 8 p.m. on August 25. Before that, Angola and Italy will clash in what promises to be an appetizing match at 4 p.m. It’s going to be an intense and thrilling day of basketball action, and fans can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

With the home crowd cheering them on, Gilas aims to make history and break their 45-year drought. The national squad’s preparations have been ongoing, with their training camps taking place both locally and abroad. The team has also faced tough competition in friendly games against other national teams, honing their skills and teamwork in preparation for the World Cup.

The Philippines’ basketball community is excited about the upcoming tournament, with fans eagerly anticipating Gilas’ performances in front of a home crowd. This year’s World Cup promises to be an exciting event, with talented teams from all over the world competing for the coveted championship. The Philippines is proud to be hosting the tournament once again, and Gilas Pilipinas is ready to showcase its skills and determination to the world.