IT will be Indonesia which gets the first shot at Sinag Pilipinas in the 11th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship on April 27 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The Philippine team featuring some of the best amateur and college players in the country seek a place in the top three for a slot in the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship.
The top team after one round of play will claim the title.
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After the Indonesia match, the Tab Baldwin-coached Philippine team will take on Laos on April 28 at 4 p.m. followed by Malaysia on April 29 at 6 p.m. and Brunei on April 30 at 6 p.m.
The Gilas cadets wrap up their campaign on May 1 against host Singapore at 8 p.m.
Thailand will not compete in this year's Seaba, leaving runner-up Malaysia as the strongest contender in the tournament.
A 16-man pool is preparing for the Seaba tilt, with the final lineup expected to be revealed before the tournament.