The Smart LiveStream App, downloadable on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, is open to subscribers of all networks, making it easier for fans to support the country’s men’s national basketball team.
Gilas Pilipinas is in Group B of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, along with New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei. The team will play in a home-away format, starting with Hong Kong on February 22 at 8 PM and Chinese Taipei on February 25 at 7:30 PM.
The top two teams from each of the six groups will qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup 2025, which will be held in Qatar. The February window is the first of six scheduled for the qualifiers.
Gilas Pilipinas is coached by Tim Cone, the winningest coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Cone led the same core team to the Philippines’ first Asian Games gold medal in 61 years. He is confident that the team’s continuity will help them advance to the next stages of the qualifiers.
The Gilas 12 roster consists of seven-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Scottie Thompson, Dwight Ramos, Kai Sotto, CJ Perez, Chris Newsome, Calvin Oftana, Jamie Malonzo, Kevin Quiambao, Carl Tamayo, AJ Edu, and naturalized player Justin Brownlee.
“Coming off our successful hosting of the FIBA World Cup 2023, we want to continue empowering all Filipino fans to watch and support Gilas, powered by Smart’s world-class mobile network,” said Kristine A. Go, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.
Fans who want to watch Gilas Pilipinas live can also buy tickets for their Feb. 25 game against Chinese Taipei at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Jude H. Turcuato, FVP and Head of Sports at PLDT and Smart, said that the company wants to enable fans to rally behind Gilas, whether they are cheering from the stands or online via the Smart LiveStream App.
The Smart LiveStream App also offers access to other live sports, such as the PBA, UAAP, NBTC, Manila Hustle, and Pokemon Unite Asia Champions League.
For more information about the Smart LiveStream App, visit smrt.ph/livestream.