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Abando, Tamayo, Quiambao lead amateur standouts invited to Gilas


With the Philippine Basketball Association’s Philippine Cup in full swing come the third window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers and the Asia Cup, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be turning to amateur standouts to compose Gilas Men in those two tournaments.

According to multiple sources closely monitoring the situation, a total of nine student-athletes were called up to join Gilas’ practice which begins on Wednesday.

Leading the batch is the only NCAA representative in the pool, Rhenz Abando.

The reigning NCAA MVP, who stands at 6-foot-2, is coming off a spectacular year with Colegio de San Juan de Letran, averaging 15.58 points, 6.83 rebounds, 1.67 assists, and 1.33 blocks to lead the Knights to the title while winning MVP honor.

This is Abando’s first call up to the program.

Meanwhile, the rest of the call-ups are from the UAAP.

Returning to the seniors’ team from last year’s fabled pool are Carl Tamayo, Angelo Kouame, RJ Abarrientos, SJ Belangel, and Dave Ildefonso.

Getting their first men’s national team call up are Kevin Quiambao, Xyrus Torres, James Spencer, and Sherwin Concepcion.UAAP-Jrs-Quiambao-0321 Abando, Tamayo, Quiambao lead amateur standouts invited to Gilas ADMU Basketball CSJL DLSU FEU Gilas Pilipinas News UP UST  - philippine sports news

Quiambao, 21, is a 6-foot-5 big man who previously played for Gilas 3×3’s Under-18 team back in the 2019 Asia Cup. The DLSU commit stayed in game shape after playing in an amateur league in Dubai a season ago.UAAP-84-MBB-ADMU-vs.-UP-Finals-G1-James-Spencer-2370-1 Abando, Tamayo, Quiambao lead amateur standouts invited to Gilas ADMU Basketball CSJL DLSU FEU Gilas Pilipinas News UP UST  - philippine sports news

Spencer, 22, is a 6-foot-4 3-and-D winger who plays for University of the Philippines. He was also part of the 2019 Under-19 World Cup team.UAAP84-Mens-Basketball-UE-vs-UST-Sherwin-Concepcion-scaled Abando, Tamayo, Quiambao lead amateur standouts invited to Gilas ADMU Basketball CSJL DLSU FEU Gilas Pilipinas News UP UST  - philippine sports news

Finally, Concepcion, 25, is a 6-foot-2 winger who plays for University of Santo Tomas.

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The team will be reinforced by Filipino overseas imports like Shiga’s Kiefer Ravena, San-En’s Thirdy Ravena, Hiroshima’s Justine Baltazar, and Hokkaido’s Dwight Ramos.

Of course, the only remaining full-time Gilas player William Navarro will still be part of the team, along with free agent Lebron Lopez.

Finally, Rain or Shine’s Gian Mamuyac and Shaun Ildefonso; Converge’s Justin Arana; and Terrafirma’s Javi Gomez de Liano will join the team once cleared by the PBA.

ERRATUM: Tiebreaker Times earlier reported that Xyrus Torres was part of the pool instead of RJ Abarrientos

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