Thirdy Ravena is again to affix 18 different gamers vying for a spot on the Gilas Pilipinas roster that may in August’s 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) confirmed Sunday.
The San-En NeoPhoenix guard final performed for the nationals within the second window of the event’s qualifiers early final yr, however is now again contained in the INSPIRE Sports activities Academy in Calamba, Laguna alongside fellow returnees Allyn Bulanadi, Dave Ildefonso, Matt Nieto, and Rey Suerte who all missed the third window resulting from accidents.
Again for extra are 11 gamers who had simply worn the flag within the Olympic Qualifying Match (OQT) in Belgrade, Serbia earlier this month in naturalized large Ange Kouame, Dwight Ramos, SJ Belangel, Justine Baltazar, William Navarro, RJ Abarrientos, Jordan Heading, Carl Tamayo, Mike Nieto, Geo Chiu, and workforce captain Isaac Go.
Additionally getting call-ups are Jaydee Tungcab, Kemark Carino, and Tzaddy Rangel.
The pool could be monitored by Gilas program director and head coach Tab Baldwin and assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Sandy Arespacochaga, Boyet Fernandez, and Sandro Soriano.
SBP Particular Assistant to the President Ryan Gregorio mentioned the federation remains to be in talks with Kai Sotto’s camp relating to his availability for the August showpiece.
“We’re nonetheless aligning with the schedule of Kai. It’s a persevering with dialogue,” he commented concerning the 7-foot-2 Filipino wunderkind set to see motion within the Australian Nationwide Basketball League.
Gregorio additionally added that the SBP is prepared so as to add extra names into the combo shifting ahead.
“To this point, that’s the checklist of gamers we’ve recognized. We’re open to including when the scenario requires it,” he mentioned.
The Asia Cup would run from August 17 to 29, although rising COVID-19 instances in Indonesia might put that staging in peril.
However the Philippines, in line with Gregorio, would go enterprise as typical till FIBA itself postpones or relocates the event.
“[There is] no particular course motion but from FIBA. We’re intently monitoring. I’m certain that FIBA is observing intently as properly,” he mentioned. “So far as Gilas Males are involved, we’re getting ready as if all techniques go.”