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Gilas Pilipinas is set to participate in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20.
Making up the national team are June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Raymond Almazan, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Christian Standhardinger and Carl Bryan Cruz.
In the 2015 edition of the FIBA Asia Cup, Gilas was able to reach the finals but unfortunately lost to China. Now the Philippine team is looking to perform better in this year’s tournament, but that will prove to be an even more daunting task now that Australia and New Zealand are also competing in the event.
Gilas is grouped in Group B with China, Iraq and Qatar.
Here’s the TV schedule of the Gilas games in the group phase of the FIBA Asia Cup:
After dropping their opener against Canada, Gilas Pilipinas broke into the win column in the 39th William Jones Cup with an 88-72 victory over Chinese Taipei Blue on Sunday.
Christian Standhardinger had an impressive game, finishing with a double-double of 17 points and 15 boards, while Kiefer Ravena scattered 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Matthew Wright also chipped in 17 markers, going 4-of-8 from deep.
Here are some of the game highlights c/o Sports5:
Gilas Pilipinas is currently in Taiwan for the 39th William Jones Cup. Aside from looking to defend the crown in this nine-day tournament, the young national team will also use the Jones Cup as a training ground for upcoming international tournaments.
Here’s the TV schedule of all the games of Gilas Pilipinas:
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It’s official: the Philippines will host the SEABA men’s championship for men April 23 to 30.
The news was tweeted by Gilas head coach Chot Reyes.
Related: Gilas Pilipinas 24-man pool revealed
The Philippines had previously hosted the tournament in 1998 and 2001.
This is great news for Gilas Pilipinas, the homecourt advantage is definitely a big boost for them since only the champion of the SEABA Championship will qualify for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.
Seven nations will participate in the tournament — Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The country has won the SEABA Championship seven times, most recently in 2015 when the event was played in Singapore.
Reyes said the Philippines will also host the SEABA U16 championship, also in April, and the SEABA championship for women in May.
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SBP president Al Panlilio officially announced the 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for 2017 on Sunday.
The Gilas pool is comprised of 12 PBA players and 12 cadets:
- Carl Bryan Cruz (Alaska)
- Mac Belo (Blackwater)
- Kevin Ferrer (Ginebra)
- Von Pessumal (GlobalPort)
- Russel Escoto (Mahidra)
- Ed Daquioag (Meralco)
- Alfonso Gotladera (NLEX)
- Matthew Wright (Phoenix)
- Mike Tolomia (Rain or Shine)
- Arnold Van Opstal (SMB)
- Jio Jalalon (Star)
- Roger Pogoy (TNT KaTropa)
- Calvin Abueva (Alaska)
- Art dela Cruz (Blackwater)
- Japeth Aguilar (Ginebra)
- Terrence Romeo (GlobalPort)
- LA Revilla (Mahindra)
- Jonathan Grey (Meralco)
- Bradwyn Guinto (NLEX)
- Norbert Torres (Phoenix)
- Raymond Almazan (Rain or Shine)
- June Mar Fajardo (SMB)
- Paul Lee (Star)
- Jayson Castro (TNT KaTropa)
The Gilas pool will be used for this year’s SEABA Championship, FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, SEA Games in Jakarta, and for the first window of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers.
Gilas head coach Chot Reyes gave a brief explanation behind the choices for the pool, mentioned it was formed with the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Olympics in mind.
That’s why the oldest guy they selected was 30 years old, he reasoned. They wanted players who’d be at their peak of their careers in three years.
The core of Reyes’ coaching staff will be Josh Reyes, Jimmy Alapag, and Jong Uichico.
Reyes also announced that TV5 and Sports5 signed a 5-year agreement with FIBA to show all the games of Gilas Pilipinas on their platforms.
Present also at the announcement were Sen. Sonny Angara, SBP executive Sonny Barrios and Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.