Gilas Pilipinas 5th FIBA Asia Cup Players
Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Ryese has revealed the player roster of Team Philippines that will compete at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China this July 11 to 19, 2014.
Of the twelve names, only six saw action at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship. These are Ranidel de Ocampo, Japeth Aguilar, Gary David, LA Tenorio, June Mar Fajardo and Marcus Douthit.
Also included in the roster are Jarred Dillinger, Paul Lee and Beau Belga who are part of the 17-man training pool for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Barcelona Spain this August to September.
The last three players in the 12-man roster are the latest additions to the Gilas Pilipinas Team; which include GlobalPort forward Jay Washington, and Gilas cadet pool members Kevin Alas and Garvo Lanete.
Reyes said that the team composition, which is a mixture of veterans, training pool members and new faces, will enable the rest of the veteran members to rest, and at the same time keep them off from the radars of other countries that are scouting the team for the FIBA World Cup action this September.
He added that the addition of Washington, Alas, Lanete, Lee and Belga gives them the chance to evaluate how these players adjust to international play.
Gilas Pilipinas is playing in Group B at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup along with Jordan, Singapore and Chinese Taipei.
The team will first see action against Chinese Taipei on July 12. Then faces Singapore on July 14 and Jordan on July 15.
Quarterfinal games are scheduled on July 17, while the semifinals are on July 18.
Championship game is slated on July 19.