Smart Gilas tune-up Games against Jordan and Qatar- Manila Invitational

Coming from a third place finish in the Jones Cup, Smart Gilas Pilipinas will compete in Manila Invitational as a tune-up games for 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China on September 15 to 25. The tournament serves as qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics.

The SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team will just have to maximize its tune-up games against Qatar and Jordan after Lebanon decided not to participate in the Manila Invitationals tentatively set on September 8 to 11 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Smart Gilas will play a series of tuneups against Jordan and Qatar on September 8-11 at 7 p.m. at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan, the team’s final preparations two days before leaving for Wuhan on September 13.

“Our focus is to try help the team in whatever capacity possible in preparation for China. I want to help but not at the risk of breaking the chemistry of these guys,” said Alapag, the reigning PBA MVP.

The Nationals will face Qatar on September 8 and will take a break with Jordan and Qatar meeting up the following day. Smart Gilas will take on Jordan and Qatar again on September 10 and 11.

On this page you can find a live stream link for the event so keep on visiting this page and or bookmark the page.

The match is not televised but you can watch it for free in Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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Smart Gilas Pilipinas clobbered Qatar, 69-52, in a tune-up match at The Arena in San Juan last night, a result that somehow hinted good promise for the Nationals' campaign in the 26th FIBA Asia championship set Sept. 15-25 in Wuhan, China.

"We have to be satisfied with this game," said coach Rajko Toroman, pleased with the lopsided win they fashioned out in their very first game with PBA reinforcements Jimmy Alapag, Ranidel de Ocampo and Kelly Williams.

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