LIVE UPDATES: Fiba World Cup Final Phase


Eight teams begin their win-or-go-home campaign in the Fiba World Cup as the knockout final phase unfurls starting September 5 at Mall of Asia Arena.

The teams who advanced to the quarterfinals after 10 days of group-stage games are Italy, United States, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Canada and Slovenia.

  • Lithuania vs. Serbia, 4:45 pm. Mall of Asia Arena.
  • U.S. vs. Italy, 8:40pm. Mall of Asia Arena

LIVE UPDATES: Lithuania vs Serbia

The Fiba World Cup games will be aired on free TV channels like TV5 and One Sports and cable channel One Sports+ with Cignal TV as Fiba World Cup’s official broadcaster in the Philippines.

Cignal TV is offering a pay-per-view, no commercial access for all Fiba World Cup games for a subscription fee.

The live broadcast of the final phase games will be on One Sports and One Sports+.

For the first time since the competition started, Team USA’s match will be aired on free TV as it tries to get past the quarterfinals against Italy on September 5.

Slovenia head coach Aleksander Sekulic, right, talks with Slovenia guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of the Basketball World Cup group F match against Venezuela in Okinawa, southern Japan, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic acknowledged the popularity of his team–due to the presence of NBA superstar Luka Doncic–which they had felt upon arriving in Manila for the final phase of the Fiba World Cup.

Doncic and the Slovenians landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal match with Canada amid a lot of fanfare as Filipino fans are starting to find ways to either catch a glimpse of the Dallas Mavericks cager or get a rare chance for a photo or an autograph.

Paolo Banchero Team USA Fiba World Cup

Team USA forward Paolo Banchero during a game against Lithuania in the Fiba World Cup. -FIBA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Team USA forward Paolo Banchero has nothing to offer to his fans in Italy.

Well, he may not have many supporters left on that side of the world anyway after his blunt response when asked if he has a message for his Italian fans on the eve of their Fiba World Cup quarterfinal game with the Azzurri.

Steve Kerr Team USA Fiba World Cup

Team USA coach Steve Kerr during a game against Lithuania in the Fiba World Cup. -FIBA PHOTO

The word “learning experience” is not something coaches would want to casually toss out in this side of the globe, where basketball fans have been known to deride the term after it had been trotted out a lot during the disappointing campaign by Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup.

But it was what coach Steve Kerr kept harping on Sunday night when Team USA was handed a humbling defeat that could go either of two ways for the Americans, who are expected to be the de facto home team for the rest of the tournament now that the Philippines has played its last game.

Slovenia guard Luka Doncic

Slovenia guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after making a failing shot against Germany in the first half of their Basketball World Cup group K match in Okinawa, southern Japan, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The biggest name of this year’s Fiba World Cup finally landed in Manila on Monday. And Filipinos are all ready for their dose of “Luka Magic.”

Luka Doncic and Slovenia are expected to light up the final phase of the Fiba World Cup after the dashing Dallas Mavericks star came off a splendid showing in the first two rounds in Okinawa, Japan.

Serbia Fiba World Cup

Serbia celebrates after winning against Dominican Republic during the Fiba World Cup second round at Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines on Sunday Sept. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines — The Serbian Basketball Federation announced Monday that forward Borisa Simanic has lost one of his kidneys as the result of an injury sustained during a Fiba World Cup game against South Sudan.

Simanic has been operated on twice in Manila, the team said. Additional complications presented themselves after the first surgery, team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said, requiring the second procedure on Sunday where the kidney was removed.

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