Gilas Pilipinas to Russia is a no go.
Instead, the Philippine national team will have part of its FIBA World Cup preparations in Spain sometime in the next couple of months.
“Team manager Gabby Cui found 4-5 games in Spain,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio said Thursday following the PBA’s Board meeting to discuss plans, including Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup preparations.
“That’s something we’re working on based din sa schedule na we sent to the PBA. Practice games and a mini tournament in Spain for Gilas,” he added.
In Spain, Gilas is set to play the national teams of Spain, Ivory Coast, and Congo.
Only Congo will not see action in this year’s World Championships.
Gilas was set to have camp in Russia but that didn’t push through for lack of actual games to be played by the national team.
“I mentioned Russia before, yung through kay Andrei Kirilenko. But it fell through,” Panlilio said.
“It was just one game that they were committing, sabi namin it’s gonna be too painful to go all the way to Russia and just play one game,” he added.
Gilas, by request of head coach Yeng Guiao, will stat twice-a-week practices starting June 13.
As for the Gilas’ team pool for the World Cup, no specific names have been dropped but coach Yeng will likely keep the core that won he Philippines’ spot in China.
“I think sinabi ni coach Yeng he will keep the core. But [new] 2–4 names [will be considered]. It’s up to coach Yeng. But he did say they will keep the core team,” Panlilio said.
“Siguro before, yung mga pupunta sa biyahe [to Spain], we should have a lineup by that time. It will come right before the team leaves for Spain,” he added.
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