Coach Chot Reyes has revealed his 15-man player pool who will compete in the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against the powerhouse team Australia and will be played in Melbourne.
Jio Jalalon one of the three rookies last year will rejoin the Philippines men’s basketball team after got cut in the previous Gilas outings due to an injury.
Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymon Almazan and Mac Belo will have another shot to join the final twelve of course that will depend on their performance during team practice. They need to impress the Gilas coaches especially Chot Reyes.
In their first game against team Japan in Tokyo, Gilas Pilipinas played at their best and were able to beat the host team infront of their fans. Jayson Castro William led the pack in the said match with 20 points while naturalized player Andray Blatche added 12 points.
Back home against Chinese-Taipei, the Philippine’s national basketball squad was able to outlast the suprise hot shooting of the visiting team. Again it was the “Blur” led Gilas with another 20-point performance while Blatche chipped in 14 points.
There were early rumors that Greg Slaughter, Marcio Lassiter and Paul Lee will be tapped in and join the pool but their names weren’t found on Reyes’ final list.
From this 15-player pool, coach Chot Reyes and his staff will select the final eleven. They will be joined by Andray Blatche then face the Aussie Boomers in their home floor.
Just got clearance from PBA OIC Willie Marcial for Gilas to start its Monday only practices on Jan 8, 8pm. Back to work Blur, Kief, Kev, Jio, Pogs, Matt, Allein, Gabe, Calvin, CBC, Mac, Troy, Rakenrol, Japet, JMF #💪🇵🇭❤️!
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 4, 2018
Gilas next scheduled game will be on February 22, 2018 (vs Australia) then on February 25, 2018 will be against team Japan and will be played in Pasay.
Here is the complete list of Gilas Pilipinas players who are part of the pool for 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
|1||Jayson Castro William||Talk 'N Text KaTropa Texters|
|2||Kiefer Ravena||NLEX Road Warriors|
|3||Kevin Alas||NLEX Road Warriors|
|4||Roger Ray Pogoy||Talk 'N Text KaTropa Texters|
|5||Matthew Wright||Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters|
|6||Allein Maliksi||Blackwater Elite|
|7||Gabe Norwood||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|8||Calvin Abueva||Alaska Aces|
|9||Carl Bryan Cruz||Alaska Aces|
|10||Mac Belo||Blackwater Elite|
|11||Troy Rosario||Talk 'N Text KaTropa Texters|
|12||Raymond Almazan||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|13||Japeth Aguilar||Barangay Ginebra San Miguel|
|14||June Mar Fajardo||San Miguel Beermen|
|15||Jio Jalalon||Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok|