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Gilas' FIBA World Cup goal is to advance past the first round

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Gilas Pilipinas sets goals for FIBA World Cup (1:44)

SBP President Al Panlilio said Gilas Pilipinas has different goals for this FIBA World Cup. (1:44)

For Al Panlilio, the goal for this year's Gilas Pilipinas squad is to improve on its performance from the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain.

"We want to do better than the last time. We won one game the last time and maybe, we can win two games [in 2019], which might get us to the next round," Panlilio told SportsCenter Wednesday night.

Gilas topped Senegal 81-79 in overtime to end with a 1-4 record in the Philippines' first appearance in the World Cup after a 40-year absence.

If the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president had his way, the team would get a a month to train together before playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. With the Philippines facing the best basketball teams in the world this August, Panlilio stressed preparation.

He said Gilas will play in the 2019 William Jones Cup and may have several tuneup games with other national teams.

"The longer the better. One to two months would be helpful," said Panlilio. "If we can send the team out for some friendlies abroad. And I think the plan is to participate also at the Jones cup, which would be a good tournament to prepare us for the World Cup."

Gilas bagged the gold in the 2012 Jones Cup before settling for silver three years later.

Panlilio also said the SBP's would continue its appeal to FIBA to recognize Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson as a local player for the World Cup.

"We want him (Clarkson) to be there to wear the Philippine jersey with Andray Blatche as our naturalized player," said Panlilio. "At SBP, we will continually be working with FIBA and tell them that Jordan Clarkson is a Filipino based on our Constitution because based on our laws, if one of your parents is a Filipino at the time of your birth, wherever you're born, you're a Filipino. So we will just have to continue working with FIBA and convince them that he's indeed a Filipino.

"He has a Filipino passport. Maybe he didn't have it at [age] 16, as the rule of FIBA, but he has Filipino blood."