Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the All-Star Mindanao at 7:00 P.M. on April 26, 2017 in Xavier University Gym, Cagayan de Oro City.
The best players of the Philippines Basketball Association will go up against a team that will bring the nation to basketball glory, they called themselves as the Gilas Pilipinas.
The road to 2019 FIBA World Cup will start today for the Gilas featuring several young players who are expected to be in their top form in order to join the final list of coach Chot Reyes.
The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player, June Mar Fajardo will lead the national team along with Terrence Romeo.
2017 All-Star Mindanao coach Chito Victolero recognizes the importance of “the Kraken” in the Gilas line-up.
“Skills wise, kayang tumapat ng team dahil pare-pareho namang PBA players ‘yan. Kaya lang may June Mar Fajardo sila and they’ve been training together. We’re just about to gather for a practice,” said Victolero.
Before the main game, there will be a Shooting Stars event which will feature three Mindanaoans players. Carlo Lastimosa, Jio Jalalon and Glenn Khobuntin will be suiting up and will join other players for the festivities’ curtain-raiser.
Later they will join Troy Rosario, Cyrus Baguio, Mark Barroca, Scottie Thompson, PJ Simon, Rafi Reavis, Mo Tautuaa, Sonny Thoss and Baser Amer.
Apart from Fajardo and Romeo, coach Chot Reyes squad will have Mike Tolomia, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Alfonso Gotladera and Bradwyn Guinto.