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Gilas contingent for FIBA Asia Challenge Cup named



Tiebreaker Times Gilas contingent for FIBA Asia Challenge Cup named Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  Von Pessumal Russel Escoto RR Pogoy Ponzo Gotladera Mike Tolomia Mac Belo Kevin Ferrer Jonathan Grey Ed Daquioag CJ Perez Chris Javier Carl Cruz Arnold Van Opstal Almond Vosotros 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge Cup

The final line-up of Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 for the upcoming FIBA Asia Challenge Cup 2016 has been revealed.

The Gilas Pilipinas players were named on Wednesday evening, August 24, after the Nationals’ tune-up match against the Far Eastern University, which they won narrowly, 84-77.

The roster contains 14 players from the initial 24-man pool and will fly to Tehran, Iran on September 6 for the annual cagefest, which will take place from September 9-18.

Leading Team Pilipinas’ campaign are the Gilas Cadets mainstays, comprised of former FEU Tamaraws and Phoenix Accelerators’ Mike Tolomia, Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, and Russel Escoto; former University of Santo Tomas King Tiger and Tanduay forward Kevin Ferrer; Ateneo de Manila University guard Von Pessumal; and Blackwater Elite’s Almond Vosotros.

The seven veterans will be supported by seven other first-timers, who have all played in the UAAP, NCAA, and the PBA D-League.

The new acquisitions include Alfonzo Gotladera, formerly from Ateneo and now with the Tanduay Rhum Masters; CJ Perez from Lyceum; De La Salle University alumnus Arnold Van Opstal; former Tamaraw and Café France Bakers forward Carl Cruz; Racal Tile Masters’ Chris Javier and Jonathan Grey; and UST and Phoenix standout Ed Daquioag, who is also a guard for the Phoenix Accelerators.

The final line-up will have its first practice as a team on Friday, August 26, at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 Line-up (FIBA Asia Challenge Cup 2016):


C – Arnold Van Opstal

C/PF – Russel Escoto
C/PF – Alfonzo Gotladera

PF – Chris Javier
PF – Carl Cruz
PF/SF – Rey Mark Belo

SF/PF – Kevin Ferrer
SF/SG – Jonathan Grey
SF/SG – Eduardo Daquioag

SG – Roger Ray Pogoy
SG – Von Pessumal

G – Cris Michael Tolomia
G – Jaymar Perez

G – Almond Vosotros

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