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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.