Sports /BasketballPhilippine basketball team to fight for Olympic ticket(Xinhua) Updated: 2007-06-07 14:12The Philippine mens national basketball team said they will be determined tocompete for a ticket to 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, as the coachreacted to Wednesdays draw for the FIBA-Asia Mens Championship, a localnewspaper reported on Thursday.The national team San Miguel-Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said that thePhilippines fell into a “group of death” that includes defending champion Chinaand Middle Eastern powers Jordan and Iran, the Manila Bulletin reported.”Unfortunately, were in the Group of Death,” the report quoted Reyes assaying on learning of the draws from the host city Tokushima, Japan.”This team and this country have come too far to be denied,” he however said,adding “it is not our style to dwell on negatives, so our only focus now is howto beat Iran and Jordan.”The Philippines won the title for the SEABA (Southeast Asia BasketballAssociation) Mens Championship in Ratchaburi, Thailand two weeks ago.Indonesia, the only other Southeast Asian team in the field at Tokushima,finished second to the Philippines in that tournament.FIBA in February this year lifted a ban that had prevented Philippinebasketball team from attending any international match since 2005.The FIBA-Asia Championship, scheduled on July 28 to August 5, will pick thecontinents representative to the Beijing Olympics in August next year.If China, which is seeded to the Olympics as host country, makes it to theTokushima final, the other finalist automatically qualifies to the Games. If theChinese fails to advance to the championship, however, then only the winner willgo to Beijing.Top Sports News · China beat Ghana to enter semifinals in Toulon · Nadal tops Moya, advances at French Open · Beckham puts England back on track in Estonia· LeBron arrives on NBAs ultimate stage· Champions Greece lead parade of group leadersTodays Top News · China, Costa Rica set up diplomatic ties· President in Germany for G8 meet· Gaokao pioneers: Dont make a fuss· Bush says Russia wont attack Europe· HK Basic Law guarantees democracyMost Commented/Read Stories in 48 Hoursfor(i=1;i