Philippines vs Turkey Watch Here: Rio Olympic qualifiers tune-up match

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Philippines vs Turkey Watch Here: Rio Olympic qualifiers tune-up match

The Philippine basketball national team faces their counterparts from Turkey in a tune-up match on Friday night in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) which is scheduled from July 5 to 10, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

Philippines vs Turkey rematch set tonight after the Turkish team beat the Philippines, 103-68 in an earlier tune-up match played in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month.

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The Turkish team arrived days ago in the country and are considered one of the favorites to advance to the basketball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year.

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Only one team will qualify for Rio from the six countries participating in the OQT Manila. Turkey is grouped with Senegal and Canada in the first group while the Philippines is grouped with New Zealand and France.

Canada and France, both of which will feature some NBA players, join Turkey as among the favorites to win the tournament.

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The OQT Manila tournament format calls for a single round robin play in the group stage with the top two teams advancing to the crossover semifinals. The winners in the final four meet in the championship round and the winner of the final will advance to Rio 2016.

Philippines vs Turkey roster comparison

Turkey roster:
Ender Arslan
Semih Erden
Furkan Korkmaz
Cedi Osman
Omer Asik
Samet Geyik
Melih Mahmutoglu
Oguz Savas
Dogus Balbay
Sinan Guler
Ali Muhammed (Bobby Dixon)
Kenan Sipahi
Birkan Batuk
Baris Hersek

Philippines roster:
Japeth Aguilar
Andray Blatche
Jayson Castro William
Jeff Chan
Ranidel de Ocampo
June Mar Fajardo
Gabe Norwood
Bobby Ray Parks, Jr.
Marc Pingris
Ryan Reyes
Terrence Romeo
Troy Rosario

Watch the Philippines vs. Turkey game here:

Video courtesy: YouTube/Sports5

Photo courtesy: FIBA/official logo