Gilas Pilipinas will try to get revenge against Lebanon in a key Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifying game. To do this, they will use their size and athleticism.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas revealed a delegation that includes Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson, 7-foot-3 big man Kai Sotto, and many versatile forwards from the OKBet PBA.
Japeth Aguilar has played in two World Cups and is the best pro player, tied with Ginebra teammate and PBA Most Valuable Player Scottie Thompson.
The forward Jamie Malonzo of NorthPort, the wing Clavin Oftana of NLEX. Also, the guard Chris Newsome of Meralco all cut.
Also in the group are stars who play in the Japan B.League, like Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks Jr., Dwight Ramos. And Thirdy Ravena, whom Chot Reyes has called the program’s pillars.
Roosevelt Adams, a free agent who used to play for Terrafirma. And Carl Tamayo, a big, young star from the University of the Philippines, round out the cast.
On the day before the contest, the last 12 will be chosen.
Gilas leaves for Beirut a little after midnight on Tuesday, and he should arrive at 11:35 in the morning.
At Nouhad Naufal Sports Complex on August 25, the Nationals will try to get revenge for a 95-80 loss to Cedars.
The presence of Japeth makes Gilas stronger
Gilas Pilipinas’ workforce problems improved on Sunday when Japeth Aguilar returned to the camp. After being isolated for almost a week because of the coronavirus.
Cassandra, Aguilar’s wife, posted a picture of him jumping high with player Jordan Clarkson. The remains of the talent pool at Meralco Gym in Pasig City around noon on Twitter.
It was a real boost for Gilas, which looked like it would only have 7-foot-3 players. Kai Sotto and Raymond Almazan, a big man for Meralco, are the only players who will play in the front line for its two World Cup Asian Qualifying games this week.
Ian Sangalang, a versatile center for the Magnolia Hotshots. He has reportedly asked to be excused from national duty to heal from the wear. And tear he got while playing in the PBA Philippine Cup for the Hotshots.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio informed the Inquirer that the Nationals would fly to Beirut, Lebanon. A little after midnight on Tuesday for their game against the runner-up in the Asia Cup, Lebanon.
Whenever these two teams played each other in July, Chot Reyes and his team were easily beaten by the Cedars, 95-80.
Even though there will be a stopover in Doha, Qatar, Gilas will still be able to practice for at least a day before the match on August 25 at the Nouhad Naufal Sports Complex. Which is about 20 minutes by car from the city center.
Since last Friday, Clarkson and Gilas have been working out. The locals have been hard at work since Monday, led by some of the best players in the Philippine Basketball Association and players who work in Japan.