Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from Inspire Sports Academy

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Gilas to take one-week break before FIBA Asia Cup, OQT grind


Gilas Pilipinas is set to break camp after months inside its training bubble at the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) SAP Ryan Gregorio bared the development on The Chasedown, Saturday.

The Filipino dribblers re-entered the bubble last April 26 in preparation for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers’ third window next month in Clark.

But on Sunday, players and coaches will go back to their respective homes and take a break before returning to Calamba on May 22.

“I think it is an opportunity for them to re-energize.

“We all need it, I mean, they’ve been in the bubble for such a long time. It is not a comfortable situation for them, the environment is totally different. What you need at this point is a little comfort level. Kasi pagbalik nila, sunud-sunod, tuloy-tuloy na ‘yan,” said Gregorio.

“That is why it’s just important for us to understand the sacrifices of these gallant men, of course together with Ate Yvette who’s the lone female in the bubble, talagang for the service of our flag and country. Kaya saludo talaga doon sa mga nagsa-sakripisyo para lang talagang mapag-silbihan ang ating bayan,” he continued.

Players inside the bubble are the first batch of Gilas draftees Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Isaac Go, and Rey Suerte along with this year’s picks in Jordan Heading, William Navarro, Tzaddy Rangel, and Jaydee Tungcab.

Also in are Kemark Carino, Javi Gomez de Liano, Dave Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, RJ Abarrientos, Carl Tamayo, Justine Baltazar, Jason Credo, Geo Chiu, Lebron Lopez, and naturalization candidate Ange Koame.

#ReadMore  Zhou Peng leading young China team through 'difficult time'

Coaches of the team inside are Tab Baldwin, Jong Uichico, Sandy Arespacochaga, Boyet Fernandez, Caloy Garcia, Alton Lister, Sandro Soriano, and trainer Dex Aseron.

Gregorio said that this is to give the young Gilas team a break before the tougher grind ahead.

Shortly after the ACQ on June 16-20, the Nationals will head to Serbia for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament set on June 29-July 4.

“So they will be back on Inspire on May 22 and they will practice once again. And then they are looking at a June 13 entry date sa Clark, ‘yun na yung preparation natin for the tournament in Clark.
That will run from June 16 to 21. A few days after, lalakbay naman sa bansang Serbia for the Olympic Qualifying tournament slated on June 25 to July 2,” said Gregorio.

“So it’s going to be a very busy schedule for our 5-on-5 team.”

Dwight Ramos is already in Manila and clearing quarantine protocols while Kai Sotto has yet to arrive.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

Basketball

Mourning has been Philippine sports after the passing of former Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas senior consultant Mauricio “Moying” Martelino. Martelino was the secretary-general of...

Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas Women left the country on Tuesday evening, heading to Amman, Jordan for the 2021 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division A competition set...

Basketball

Will Justine Baltazar forgo his final playing year with De La Salle University? The incoming super senior for the Green Archers is one of...

ADMU

Ateneo had been looking forward to UAAP Season 84, when it would parade the duo of Dwight Ramos and Dave Ildefonso. Ramos, a transferee...

Basketball

Overtime Elite will begin its inaugural season soon with 24 elite prospects competing. Besides the 17 American prospects that have been unveiled, OTE also...

2023 FIBA World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas program director and Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin fully understands Dwight Ramos’ decision to turn pro in Japan. After all, the University...

Basketball

Dwight Ramos will meet Bobby Ray Parks and Thirdy Ravena early in the B.League season. Ramos and Toyama will host Parks and Nagoya right...

Basketball

Members of Gilas Pilipinas Women are already hard at work in their training bubble in Batangas while they prepare for the FIBA Women’s Asia...

Advertisement