MANILA – Basketball fans can watch the Gilas Pilipinas’ upcoming matches in the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers live on a local streaming app.
Smart Communications has announced that it will broadcast the qualifiers via its GigaPlay app.
The 11-man national basketball team, consisting of Kiefer Ravena, Dwight Ramos, RJ Abarrientos, Carl Tamayo, SJ Belangel, Geo Chiu, Lebron Lopez, William Navarro, Dave Ildefonso, Rhenz Abando and Kevin Quiambao are all set to take on tough New Zealand on June 30.
Gilas will face top-seeded New Zealand at 3:30 p.m. at the EventFinda stadium in Auckland.
Meanwhile, the Philippines basketball team will return to Manila on July 3 at 7 p.m. to face India for another game.
“We are one hundred percent behind the entire Gilas team as they move closer to our end goal of being able to make our country proud. It is also an important window for us as we prepare to host the FIFA Cup. FIBA Basketball World in 2023 with Japan and Indonesia,” said Al Panlilio, President and CEO of PLDT and Smart.
Panlilio is also Chairman of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Local Organizing Committee, Second Vice Chairman of FIBA Asia Central Council and Chairman of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
“As a basketball-loving nation, we’re here to empower our customers to cheer on Gilas Pilipinas even when they’re on the go and on their cellphones,” added Francis Flores, Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual. at Smart.
The games will be streamed for free for a limited time on the GigaPlay app.
FIBA World Cup Qualifiers coverage adds to the GigaPlay app’s lineup of sporting events such as UAAP, NBA, PBA, PVL and VNL matches.