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Batang Gilas in Group C of FIBA Asia U16 Championship

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After a silver medal finish by Gilas Pilipinas, it’s time for the youngsters to also show their talent in Asian basketball.

Batang Gilas will take on the rest of the continent in the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Championship starting on October 29 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The top three finishers in the tournament shall gain slots to the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship which shall be played in Spain.

The Philippines is in Group C along with DPR Korea, Thailand, and Bahrain.

Defending champion China is in Group D with Iraq, India, and Korea.

In Group A are Japan, Kuwait, Hong Kong, and Malaysia while in Group B are Lebanon, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

In 2013, the Jamike Jarin-coached Batang Gilas finished with a silver medal after losing to China in the finals.

Some members of the 2013 team are Richard Escoto, Jollo Go, Jolo Mendoza, Mike Nieto, Lorenzo Navarro, and Paul Desiderio.

The team placed a lowly 15th in the 2014 edition of the U17 worlds which the United States ruled.

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