The Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the team Chinese Taipei at 7:00 P.M. on June 29, 2018 live in Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, Taipei.
Gilas Pilipinas are looking to make a repeat when they visit team Chinese-Taipei in their home-floor when the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers resumes for its third window.
The Golden Boy and perhaps the most popular player in Gilas jersey is now re-activated and back to put more scoring firepower for team Philippines. Terrence Romeo will pick up the slack left by Kevin Alas (injury) and Kiefer Ravena (suspension).
Compared to the backcourt duo of the NLEX Road Warriors, Romeo is much more tenured playing with Gilas and he is one of the scoring threat for coach Chot Reyes.
Along with Terrence other Gilas mainstays are also getting ready for the rematch. Naturalized player Andray Blatche will anchor team Philippines offense as well as controlling the boards. He will have help from four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Troy Rosario while Calvin Abueva will provide the energy for the Pinoy squad and also for the Filipino fans who will be present in the arena.
In the backcourt, it will be manuvered by the best point guard in Asia as Jayson Castro will dictate the play, he will be assisted by Jio Jalalon while Gabe Norwood will be there to shutdown opponent’s main gunner.
Coach Reyes can always call the services of his long range shooters like Allein Maliksi, Matthew Wright and Roger Ray Pogoy as he draw his effective dribble-drive offense.
For the Taiwanese club, they are itching to make its revenge as they will try to protect their home-floor from the visiting team. It seems that all of their fans will all gather together to express their support.
“The tickets being sold out just means that we cannot lose!” Huang Tsung-Han said. “If we want to proceed to the next round, everyone will have to perform well. We need more active defense, and the most important thing is we have to grab those rebounds.”
During their first meeting in Smart Araneta Coliseum last November 2017, the Taiwanese surprised Gilas with their early attack led by their naturalized player Quicy Davis III and outplayed Andray Blatche.
However, when coach Reyes decided to replace Blatche with Fajardo the momentum of the game shifted to the host country. Fajardo demonstrated why he keeps winning MVP award in the PBA to Davis III as he was able to collect two early fouls from his defender.
As mentioned by coach Reyes from many of his interviews, Gilas priority is to secure a win against Chinese-Taipei. That is before their home game against powerhouse the Australia Boomers led by Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova this coming Monday.