Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from Inspire Sports Academy

2020 Tokyo Olympics

SBP heeds PSC’s call, grateful to Gilas for ‘soldiering on’ amid difficult times

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has confirmed that it has to break Gilas Pilipinas Men’s camp inside Inspire Sports Academy, Monday afternoon. 

The Philippine Sports Commission has advised all National Sports Agencies to limit their respective team’s training to individual online sessions as NCR-plus has come under Enhanced Community Quarantine due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“As always, we will remain supportive of the decisions coming from the PSC and will also strictly follow the relevant precautionary measure from the Department of Health and the IATF,” said SBP President Al Panlilio.

Gilas program director Tab Baldwin set camp inside the Calambubble back on March 15. The national team is training for two big tournaments — the Clark window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, and the Belgrade Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Players inside the bubble were Jordan Heading, William Navarro, Tzaddy Rangel, Jaydee Tungcab, Dave Ildefonso, Dwight Ramos, Justine Baltazar, Chris Koon, Angelo Kouame, Gian Mamuyac, Jason Credo, Troy Mallillin, Geo Chiu, RJ Abarrientos, Carl Tamayo, Kyle Ong, Lebron Lopez, Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte, and Jolo Mendoza.

SJ Belangel and Joshua Lazaro had to leave the bubble last week due to personal reasons.

Joining Baldwin were Jong Uichico, Caloy Garcia, Alton Lister, Boyet Fernandez, Sandy Arespacochaga, Gabby Severino, Sandro Soriano, and Gabby Cui.

“The timing is unfortunate because our Gilas Pilipinas pool has been putting a lot of work to prepare for FIBA competitions in the coming months. It’s been a difficult stretch for the SBP and the team as COVID-19 has affected so many of our plans, but we have no other choice but to adjust and move forward,” continued Panlilio.

#ReadMore  Cebu Sharks stay alive in MPBL playoff race, score upset of 1Bataan

It remains unknown when Gilas can hold camp once more since it will all depend on the quarantine level that country imposes after April 4.

Still, the federation is grateful to the 26 players and the team’s staff for sacrificing time away from their families.

“Right now, we all have to hunker down and stay safe at home. We thank our players, coaches, and staff for soldiering on amidst the difficult situation.”

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


ALCANTARA—Young Shaq Imperial was clutch for KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue, dealing MJAS Zenith-Talisay City its first loss, 67-66, in Game One of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas...


The PBA is motivated to hold scrimmages the best it could as part of its bid to gain the national government’s approval in staging...


ALCANTARA — MJAS Zenith-Talisay’s Jaymar Gimpayan was hailed as the Most Valuable Player of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup’s Visayas leg, Friday...


Can PBA teams hold scrimmages in Metro Manila should lockdown measures become more relaxed by May 15? That’s what Commissioner Willie Marcial looks to...


PBA teams could begin holding scrimmages by May 18 at the earliest following the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Friday. The league...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is grateful to the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Health for allowing the country to host the...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

It’s all systems go now for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers Clark window. The Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the Samahang Basketbol ng...


The PBA finally got the nod it had wanted. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has approved the league’s request to allow its member teams...