Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas’ FIBA ACQ second window pool a showcase for the future, says SBP

Though the likes of Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Christian Standhardinger have expressed their willingness to head to Gilas’ Calambubble after their stint in the PBA’s Clark bubble, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made the tough decision to field an all-Gilas Cadets team.

The federation believes that now is the time for the future of the Gilas program to compete at the biggest of stages.

“The SBP has always wanted to start forming a core of younger players in preparation for 2023.

“We’ve been able to inject a couple of young players in different FIBA windows ,but this event gives us a unique opportunity to test out a lot of young players to see how well they fit into the program,” said SBP President Al Panlilio.

Previously, the likes of Thirdy Ravena, Kai Sotto, and Ricci Rivero made the previous pools, but only one made the lineup.

The 16-man pool of Gilas consists of Isaac Go, the Nieto twins, Rey Suerte, Allyn Bulanadi, Jaydee Tungcab, the Gomez de Liaño brothers, Dwight Ramos, Kobe Paras, Justine Baltazar, Dave Ildefonso, Angelo Kouame, William Navarro, Calvin Oftana, and Kemark Carino.

The pool arrived in Inspire Academy in Calamba, Laguna only last Wednesday. They received clearance for full-contact practice only on Friday — exactly 13 days before Gilas face Thailand.

“We appreciate the commitment of all of these young athletes in joining our training camp. They have a lot of work to do in a short period of time, but we’re confident they’ll all be up to the task,” expressed Panlilio.

“I’m sure they’re all excited to be on the court again after being away from basketball for so long.”

This does not mean that the PBA will be out of the national team program.

#ReadMore  Fans can now bring home replica PBA jerseys, thanks to World Balance

“The best talents are in the PBA, and we’ll continue working closely with them. But for this window, we also have to take into consideration what the PBA players went through,” bared Panlilio about players from NLEX, Blackwater, Northport, and Terrafirma.

“They were apart from their families for at least six weeks and had to go through a grueling schedule. We know some of them are willing to play for flag and country, and we appreciate them reaching out to us. But it’s important that they give themselves time to recover physically and mentally.”

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Who will be crowned as the best of the best of the PBA Bubble? That will finally be answered Sunday, as the league holds...


Roger Pogoy feels honored to be in contention for the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award, as it shows...


There’s no denying that Matthew Wright was one of the stars that shone brightest in the historic 2020 PBA bubble season. The Fil-Canadian sniper...


After a successful bubble tournament last year, the Philippines Football League sponsored by Qatar Airways is eyeing to further grow in 2021. During the...


United City Football Club has started the rebuild of its lineup with the acquisition of one of the country’s most promising goalies. During the...


Calvin Abueva could actually make his PBA return much sweeter. Reinstated last October that ended his 16-month suspension due to controversial on-court incidents, the...


Almost eight long months without basketball no thanks to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made Jason Perkins realize how fortunate he is to be...


Fourteen athletes entered the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, Saturday morning as their preparation for the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics got under way....