How can we have faith in the basketball gods when you see the way they've treated the Philippines after their brawl? Perhaps the basketball gods work part-time as martial arts gods. What were they thinking? For starters, Philippines were fortunate to just barely scrape in to qualify, assisted by China being an automatic qualifier as host, ultimately just making into 8th placed in Asia, which was just good enough to qualify. Then look at the pot they were allocated into, with Canada and Montenegro, which will both be far stronger than their world ranking suggests. So by making it into that pot, they avoided being drawn with those nations trending upwards. Then look at the group they drew into, with Angola, Italy, and Serbia. They drew the lowest ranked team in each other pot, Angola and Italy, with the exception of pot 2 where they drew Serbia.