Here is the list of Gilas Pilipinas players who made it to the 16-man pool and will represent the Philippines in the upcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.
|1||Rey Suerte||University of the East|
|2||Justine Baltazar||De La Salle University|
|3||Isaac Go||Ateneo De Manila University|
|4||Matt Nieto||Ateneo De Manila University|
|5||Mike Nieto||Ateneo De Manila University|
|6||Kobe Paras||University of the Philippines|
|7||Javi Gomez De Liano||University of the Philippines|
|8||Juan Gomez De Liano||University of the Philippines|
|9||Jaydee Tungcab||University of the Philippines|
|10||Dwight Ramos||Ateneo De Manila University|
|11||Dave Ildefonso||National University|
|12||Will Navarro||Ateneo De Manila University|
|13||Kenmark Carino||San Beda University|
|14||Angelo Kouame||Ateneo De Manila University|
|15||Calvin Oftana||San Beda University|
|16||Allyn Bulanadi||San Sebastian College - Recoletos|
“Inexperienced” according to some, the young Gilas Pilipinas players, who had only two weeks of preparation before flying out last Sunday (November 22), are set to prove their doubters wrong as they head into the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
Despite preparing briefly, the 16-man team remains positive that it will be able to build chemistry in time for the opening game against Thailand this Friday (November 27).
“(It’s great to experience) combining different players from different teams, combining different basketball minds. It’s been fun to go out there and play with everybody. I think we’re on the right pace,” said Dwight Ramos, who during Gilas’ 100-70 rout of Indonesia in the last window in February scored 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Echoing Ramos’ remarks, Gilas head coach Jong Uichico, commending the potential of the future national team core, said: “They play hard. They have energy. They have intensity. If they can translate all of those to the cerebral part of the game, then they’re the perfect bunch already.”
“They’re all go-to guys with their teams, but they’re now all go-to guys in one team. So how will they channel their individual skills into a team concept? They all can score, but it’s about trusting your teammate that he can also score,” Uichico added.
“As much as we wanted to come in early, we came in a little late than expected. We’re trying to accomplish things as fast as we can. We’re not in game shape. We’re not fluid at this time. This is why the scrimmages are important. That’s what we lack. But we’re making the best with what we have,” Uichico further said.
In a bubble in Manama, Bahrain, Gilas Pilipinas, which stands behind Group A leader South Korea, will start their campaign against an all-pro Thailand team.