MANILA, Philippines–Nationwide coach and Gilas Pilipinas program director Chot Reyes introduced a 16-man pool Friday night time, one which he felt was full of gamers who may finest lead the nation to a gold medal within the Southeast Asian Video games.
He forgot to say the group would win the gold in crushing trend.
Reyes named his Gilas Pilipinas outdated fingers June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright to steer the pool together with different ex-Nationals: Kevin Alas, Robert Bolick, Kib Montalbo, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, Mo Tautuaa, Isaac Go and Gilas draftee Will Navarro.
“It is a lineup we thought that might give us a finest probability in profitable the gold,” Reyes mentioned in a hastily-arranged presser at Sensible Araneta Coliseum, the place he was joined by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, simply shortly after his TNT escaped NorthPort in time beyond regulation, 106-101.
This version of the nationwide group will likely be tasked to maintain the Philippines’ stranglehold of the basketball occasion of the biennial meet that will likely be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Filipinos have received a complete of 18 gold medals within the meet.
Additionally making the contingent are Dwight Ramos and Thirdy Ravena, who suited up alongside Bolick, Montalbo, and Navarro within the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers right here final month.
The pair, who had been put in by Reyes as cornerstone of the nationwide cage program, are anticipated to be free from their B.League duties by April—simply in time for the Nationals’ build-up for the video games in Hanoi.
Additionally within the pool are youngsters Caelum Harris and Francis Lopez, who’re a part of the long-term plans geared towards the World Cup which the Philippines is ready to cohost subsequent 12 months with Japan and Indonesia.
“The important thing now could be how fast we may come collectively to organize,” Reyes added.
Aguilar, Wright and PBA’s six-time Most Useful Participant Fajardo final performed below Reyes in that notorious sport in opposition to Australia in Bulacan that led to a brawl.
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