Gilas Pilipinas stays on course of facing powerhouse USA team in the Olympics.
Gilas Pilipinas is on course of meeting the NBA-reinforced US men's basketball team

IF Gilas Pilipinas goes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, it faces the prospect of going up against powerhouse United States following the draw of lots held in Mies, Switzerland, late Friday night (Manila time)

Following the draw ceremony, winners of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade (OQT1) and Manila (OQT2) will be joined by the US, Venezuela, China, and Australia in Group A.

Group B on the other hand, will have the likes of Argentina, Spain, the host country, Lithuania, Nigeria and the winner of the OQT3 in Serbia.

For everything to become possible, the country faces a daunting task of hurdling the Manila leg of the qualifier, where it faces France and New Zealand in Group B during the initial part of the meet starting on July 5.

The top two teams in each group will play in the semis before slugging it out for the lone Asian spot in the Rio Games.

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