Gilas Pilipinas arrives in New Zealand for Fiba third window match

Gilas Pilipinas’ first practice in Auckland, New Zealand. –SBP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas has arrived in New Zealand for its Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers assignment against the home team on Thursday in Auckland.

The men’s national basketball team, led by coach Nenad Vucinic for the third window, is parading an undermanned squad led by pros Kiefer Ravena and Dwight Ramos against the Tall Blacks.

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After arriving in Auckland on Tuesday, Gilas Pilipinas immediately went to practice at Eventfinda Stadium, which will also host the qualifier.

The Filipinos are coming off two exhibition matches against South Korea, which they both lost, in Seoul.