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Matthew Aquino listed in Japan's FIBA WC pool

Matthew Aquino is in Japan's pool. FIBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Another Filipino could be set to become a de facto host of the FIBA World Cup.

Six-foot-nine center Matthew Aquino is listed in Japan's pool for the said tournament that the country will co-host with the Philippines and Indonesia.

The son of former Philippines international Marlou Aquino has Japanese lineage through his grandmother from his mother's side.

Matthew, who currently plays for Shinshu in the Japan B.League, made his debut for the "Akatsuki Five" last year in a 76-71 win against Chinese Taipei in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Meanwhile, as anticipated, NBA players Yuta Watanabe and Rui Hachimura made Japan's World Cup pool and are expected to crack the final 12-man roster.

Former San Miguel import Nick Fazekas also made the pool with Yuya Nagayoshi, Yuki Togashi, Yudai Baba, Koya Kawamata, Soichiro Inoue, Makoto Hiejima, Yutaro Suda, Shuta Hara, Kai Toews, Keisei Tominaga, Aki Chambers, Tenketsu Harimoto, Hugh Watanabe, Yuki Kawamura, Luke Evans, Seiya Ando, Josh Hawkinson, Hirotaka Yoshii, Yudai Nishida, Ren Kanechika, and Akira Jacobs completing the extended roster.

Japan is placed in Group E, arguably the "group of death", with Germany, Finland, and Australia for the first round of the World Cup final.

The games will be played at the Okinawa Arena.

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