AUSTRALIA SELECTED IN GROUP B FOR FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS

AUSTRALIA SELECTED IN GROUP B FOR FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS

The draw for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers has been held in Guangzhou, China with the Helloworld Australian Boomers selected into Group B.

The Boomers are set to face the Philippines, Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first three windows of the qualifiers which will span November 2017, February 2018 and June 2018.

While the location of those match-ups are yet to be confirmed, the dates have been released by FIBA with Australia's first game to be played in Chinese Taipei on November 24.

The Boomers will then return home to host Japan on November 27 before hosting another two games in a blockbuster February 2018 against the Philippines on February 22 and Chinese Taipei on February 25.

Their final two games will then come in Japan on June 29 and against the Philippines on July 2.

Following those first three windows, the top three teams from Group B will advance to the second round where they will carry over their points to another three games against the top three teams from a different group.

Those next three windows will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019.

The top six teams plus the best finisher outside those top six then advance to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

FIBA explains the qualification system below.

With so many more international games to be played under this new qualification system, fans will get to see their Helloworld Australian Boomers on the court more than ever with home games to be played around the country throughout the year in the lead-up to the World Cup and Olympics.

More information on the process can be found via FIBA's website here.

You can re-watch the draw ceremony below.

Australia's Schedule for the FIBA Asian Qualifiers:
November 24, 2017: Chinese Taipei vs. Australia
November 27, 2017: Australia vs. Japan
February 22, 2018: Australia vs. Philippines
February 25, 2018: Australia vs. Chinese Taipei
June 29, 2018: Japan vs. Australia
July 2, 2018: Philippines vs. Australia

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