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2023 FIBA World Cup

Fajardo, Aguilar, Sangalang, Almazan part of Gilas 24-man preliminary pool

Twenty-four names were submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for its pool for the fourth window of the 2023 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Of course, in the pool are overseas imports Kiefer Ravena (Shiga), Thirdy Ravena (San-En), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya), Dwight Ramos (Hokkaido), and Kai Sotto (Adelaide). Also in the pool is naturalized player Jordan Clarkson (Utah).

Only three amateur players were called up to the squad, namely Carl Tamayo (UP), Kevin Quiambao (DLSU), and Francis Lopez (free agent).

The rest of the players came from the Philippine Basketball Association.

From the already-eliminated teams from the Philippine Cup, listed in the pool are Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang; NLEX’s Kevin Alas and Calvin Oftana; Northport’s Robert Bolick and Jamie Malonzo; and Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Arvin Tolentino.

Also listed from San Miguel are June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez. Meralco’s Chris Newsome, Allein Maliksi, and Raymond Almazan were also listed by the federation.

The Beermen and the Bolts though will still figure in a win-or-go-home Game 7 on Wednesday.

Completing the pool is free agent Roosevelt Adams.

On Monday, Alas, Oftana, and Malonzo were part of the team’s first practice while expected to arrive tonight are Jalalon, Sangalang, Aguilar, Thompson, and Tolentino.

Gilas will head to Beirut to face Lebanon on the 25th. They will host Saudi Arabia in Pasay City on the 29th.

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