Danilo Gallinari of Italy (FIBA.com photo)

FIBA World Cup 2019: Italians too much for Gilas Pilipinas

The Italians stepped it up six-minute mark with Luigi Datome, Daniel Hackett and Marcio Belinelli anchoring a 19-0 run in the opening period. There was no looking back for Italy from there and practically cruised throughout the match. They led by as much as 53 points, their biggest run of which happened in the third quarter, 105-58. #FIBAWorldCup2019 #FIBA

FIBA to hold Olympic Qualifying Draw

The Philippines, Italy and Serbia were earlier picked by the FIBA Executive Committee to host the three tournaments from a short list of eight bidders. The minimum bid was 1.8 Million Euros. Under FIBA’s strict rules of confidentiality, no amounts of the winning bids were disclosed.