The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Canada National Basketball Team at 3:00 P.M. on July 15, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gilas Pilipinas will start its campaign for the 2017 William Jones Cup against a team which according to Matthew Wright is the best squad in the tournament and that is the team Canada.
The Phoenix Fuel Master sharpshooter is familiar with some of its players and even he know them personally. For those who don’t know, Wright is a Fil-Canadian.
“I knew a few guys by name, there’s a couple of guys I know personally. They are a good team. Just on paper, they should be the best team in the tournament,” the Phoenix rookie said on their first assignment for the Jones Cup.
“I’m excited to play them first, we will be thrown out to the fire and see how well can we play against a big and legit roster. I played with some of them. They are good, they have a lot of size and athletic, their length might cause a little of bump for us,” he added.
It was also reported today via hoops.ph that Philippines National Men’s Basketball team will include Ray Parks to its roster.
However, it’s not yet confirmed if Parks will see action in the Taiwan based league.
“I have to wait for comment if I’ll be in the exact lineup playing in the Jones Cup, but for sure I’m going on the trip,” said Parks.
Filipino basketball fans will also see for the first team in a live telecast the Fil-German Christian Standhadinger.