Gilas coach Chot Reyes said it will take two wins in the preliminaries to advance to the round-of-16. The Philippines was drawn to play in Group B with Argentina, Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico and Senegal.
The consensus is Group B is the second toughest among the four brackets behind Group A composed of Spain, Serbia, France, Brazil, Egypt and Iran. Group D is third in the power rating with Slovenia, Lithuania, Angola, Korea, Mexico and Australia. Group C is made up of the Dominican Republic, Turkey, USA, Finland, New Zealand and Ukraine.
Reyes said nothing is impossible in basketball as in recent history showed surprises registered by underdog teams in different zone qualifiers.