The FIBA Olympics Qualifying Tournament 2016 starts today in Manila, Philippines. Host country team Gilas Philippines (Pilipinas) will open their tournament with a game against France. While Gilas Pilipinas is looking strong with home court advantage, they are the proclaimed underdogs of the tournament. Meanwhile, France is in a better playing position with elite players straight from NBA. Before the game, read on our Gilas Philippines vs France prediction.
Even coach Tab Baldwin admits that Philippines is the tournament’s underdog. However, Team Gilas Philippines will thrive on home court advantage and hard core Filipino cheerleaders chanting for every shot and play they make. If Gilas Philippines have learned enough of their French opponent in their last tuneup game, Gilas Philippines will be in great form as they face off against the top dog, France. From Terrence Romeo to June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche and Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., Gilas is geared towards a tough game against favorite France.
Les Bleus France
FIBA World no. 5 France is expecting to play against an emotional team in Gilas Philippines. Although preparation has been short for the Les Bleus, coach Vincent Collet is confident the team has brought their A-game. He knows one wrong move can cost them the lone ticket to the Rio Summer Olympics. However, with NBA staples such as San Antonio Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, France is looking comfortable in facing Gilas despite Philippines’ home court advantage. As if to cement their stronghold on the path to Rio, they also recruited Charlotte forward Nicolas Batum.
Gilas Philippines vs France Prediction
With home court advantage, emotional Team Philippines may use their underdog status to make an upset win against France. Aside from this, it would be wise for the team to use the emotional aspect of the game to their advantage. Playing a mental game is the only way to beat a formidable-looking team such as France. If Terrence Romeo can draw in an emotional player like Tony Parker, this can create a crack in Les Bleus team and eventually pave the path to Rio for Gilas Philippines.
Gilas Philippines vs France Livestream
Don’t miss the action as Gilas Philippines plays against France today, Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00PM PHT (Tuesday, July 5, 11:00PM NSW) at the MOA Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.