To bring home the gold medal is the only target of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas when it joins the 27th Southeast Asian Games this December 11 – 22 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios stressed that these are the very words of SBP President Manny Pangilinan said to coach Norman Black in 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.
“I can still remember when our boss MVP asked Norman (Black) if he wants to stay in Jakarta. Norman replied “why boss” and the answer he got was, then bring the SEA Games gold in the country,” said Barrios.
“Therefore, MVP will settle for nothing but the gold,” added Barrios.
This is also what MVP said to multi-titled coach Joseph Uichico, who was chosen to coach the Philippine under 23 squad bound to compete at the most important sporting event in the region, SEA Games.
Among the invited players to be part of the SEA Games men’s basketball team are Kiefer Ravena and rookie Chris Newsome of Ateneo, 2013 UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo and Mark Belo of FEU, Roy Sumang of UE, Arnold Van Opstal of La Salle, Prince Caperal of Arellano, Kevin Ferrer of UST and Adamson’s Jericho Cruz.
Six foot eleven naturalized player Marcus Douthit will beef-up the team, along with Gilas cadet pool member Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Garbo Lanete, Kevin Louie Alas, RR Garcia and Matt Granuelas.
SBP has also invited PBA draftees Raymund Almazan of Letran, Fil-Am guard Chris Banchero and two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks of NU.
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